Irish Minister meets with London Magdalene Laundries survivors

Frances Fitzgerald, Justice 90362096
Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald

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.

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