“It’s Time For Magdalene Survivors’ Testimony To Be Accepted As ‘Evidence'”

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Dr Maeve O’Rourke; Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan

Yesterday evening.

Human rights lawyer and legal adviser to the Clann Project Dr Maeve O’Rourke tweeted a thread on foot of an article by Irish Examiner journalist Conall Ó Fátharta.

Ó Fátharta reported how women who worked in Magdalene laundries, but who have been wrongly excluded from a redress scheme, are now expected to provide “records” showing how long they worked in the institution.

He also reported the requirement follows the publication of an addendum to the scheme by the Department of Justice this week…

Women excluded from Magdalene laundries redress must provide ‘records’ of work (Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner)

Previously: “It’s Like As If They’re Calling Us Liars”

2 thoughts on ““It’s Time For Magdalene Survivors’ Testimony To Be Accepted As ‘Evidence'”

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Government doesn’t care. They’d rather these abused women just died off so they could save a few grand so they’re making it impossible for victims to provide evidence. I’d hazard a guess that any records linking religious orders to slave labour have been burned (or thrown in a septic tank) because the slavers wouldn’t want their records on profiteering becoming public.

  2. ollie

    Here’s how Ireland works:
    https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/courts/unpaid-farm-worker-lived-in-a-steel-container-with-no-toilet-or-running-water-court-hears-37531804.htm
    Farmer involved in slavery gets charged with employing a non-national without a permit.
    So no surprise that FG wants to bury the abuses of the past. Dont forget that the last of these workhouses closed in 1996. Some of those who ran them are still alive, some of those in power who aided and abetted them are still in power.
    There is evidence of a mass grave in Tuam and cause of death for those interred is unknown, in any other civilised Country this would be a crime scene but in Ireland a survey is taken as to what should be done!
    Think Khmer Rouge, Bosnian Serb nationalists, Nazis, ISIS, Magdelene Nuns. All the same.

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