Survivors asked to contact Department of Justice to fill out a form



The Irish Government is to establish a fund for the benefit of those who spent time in a Magdalen Laundry or St Mary’s Stanhope Street.

A retired High Court judge and expert in personal injury law, Mr Justice John Quirke, has been asked to advise on setting up a non-adversarial scheme to decide compensation and what factors should be taken into account, including unpaid work in the laundries.

He will advise on the operation of the fund and the nature and amount of payments to be made out of the fund.  Until he reports back to the Government, no decisions will be made on the detailed operation of the fund, said the Irish Department of Justice.

The Department has issued a form – a link for which is below – to allow people who believe they are entitled to compensation to register their details. The Irish government says it will then get in touch with people who have registered once it has made a final decision on the nature of the compensation scheme and how it should work.

After that the Department of Justice or the body set up to run the scheme will request from those who have registered an interest their birth certificates, official photographic identification (passport, driving licence) and any records about their stay in the relevant institution.

The government has said that applications may only be made by, or on behalf of, those people who are still alive and who spent time in a Magdalen Laundry listed below or St. Mary’s Stanhope Street.

The 11 laundries that come under the scheme were operated by the following orders:

 Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge:

St Mary’s Refuge, High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin;

Monastery of Our Lady of Charity Sean McDermott Street (formerly Gloucester Street), Dublin 1;

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy:

Magdalen Asylum / Magdalen Home, No. 47 Forster Street, Galway;

St Patrick’s Refuge, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin;

 Religious Sisters of Charity:

St Mary Magdalen’s, Floraville Road, Donnybrook, Dublin;

St Vincent’s, St Mary’s Road, Peacock Lane, Cork;

Sisters of the Good Shepherd:

St Mary’s, Cork Road, Waterford;

St Mary’s, New Ross, Wexford;

St Mary’s, Pennywell Road, Limerick;

St Mary’s, Sunday’s Well, Cork.

Religious Sisters of Charity:

St Mary’s, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7 (laundry operated in the Training Centre)



Contact details:

Magdalen Fund, 3rd Floor, Montague Court, 7-11 Montague Street, Dublin 2


phone: 00 353 1  476 8649

or download the form:



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