Magdalene survivors to discuss compensation with Government advisor

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries will today meet the man responsible for advising Government on the level of compensation due to them.

A total of 75 women from Magdelene Survivors Together will outline their position to the former Judge John Quirke, who will then make recommendations to the Government on their compensation package.

The group's director, Steven O'Riordan said that they want payment for lost wages of around €20,000 a year, up to a maximum of around €200,000

He said the women were in the laundries from two to 60 years.

"We believe that by the women meeting him directly they'll give him a clear message as to what their needs are and to what they want," he said.

"So we would hope by doing that, and allowing the women this opportunity today, that the Government will then say: 'Well, this is what the women want, and this is what we will give them'."

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