A Magdalene laundry in the 1950s; Dr Martin McAleese with his report into Magdalene laundries in 2013
In the Irish Examiner…
Conall Ó Fátharta reports:
The Department of Justice failed to examine all available evidence when it wrongly refused some Magdalene laundry survivors access to redress payments.
Following an almost year-long investigation of the scheme, Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has published a scathing assessment of the department’s administration of the scheme.
The department had refused several women access to redress, claiming they were not resident in one of the 12 institutions covered by the scheme.
However, the Ombudsman was provided with evidence that some of the Magdalene laundries were either physically linked to the units where the women lived, or were located on the same grounds as the Magdalen laundries and were, in reality, “one and the same institution”.
The report determined that the department gave “undue weight” to evidence supplied by the religious congregations and some of it had been requested and received by the department after the decision to exclude the women was made.
The report also said it was not evident “what weight, if any, was afforded to the testimony of the women and/or their relatives”.
Previously: ‘Based On The Findings Of The McAleese Report’