The Irish Government has commended the work done at a London Centre it has funded for women in the UK who suffered in Ireland’s state run institutions.
Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality visited the Whispering Hope Centre, run by the Irish Women Survivors Support Network (IWSSN), which supports the thousands of survivors in the UK.
Minister Fitzgerald commended the IWSSN team for their work with the female victims, including many who spent time in the Magdalene Laundries and for bringing cases to light.
Of the 488 applicants who have received some €17.86m from the Magdalene Scheme, 106 are based in the UK, accounting for €3.3m of the payments.
“Significant progress has been made in the implementation of the Magdalene Scheme and that decisions had been made on 86% of the applications received.
“The Irish Government, in recognition of the good work the IWSSN do in the UK with women survivors of Irish institutions provided a grant of €250,000 to the group in December, 2013,” she said.
“This grant was to enable them to continue to provide support, advice and assistance to these women including women who were in the Magdalene Laundries.”
While at the centre, so called after Enda Kenny heard a moving rendition of Whispering Hope during his 2013 historic meeting at the Irish Embassy, Minister Fitzgerald met with Magdalene survivors and expressed her hope that the Scheme would help with the reconciliation and healing process.