Religious orders refuse to contribute to Magdalene Laundries survivors fund

The religious orders responsible for running the Magdalene Laundries have told the Government they will not contribute to the fund set-up for survivors.

The Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity, and the Good Shepherd Sisters have told the Minister for Justice they will not pay into the scheme, which could cost up to €58m.

It is believed the orders will assist in the assembly of records ,and looking after former residents who remain in their care.

Chief Executive of Barnardos, Fergus Finlay, said the Government should insist that the orders pay compensation.

"I don't think it's adequate for the government to say 'we're very disappointed'," he said.

"I think these religious orders have to be called in - if necessary, publicly - and they have to be told that the government and the people of Ireland expect them to make a contribution."


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

Related Articles

Junior Minister apologises to United Nations for Ireland's human rights record

UN calls on Government to explain lack of progress on Magdalene Laundries & mother-and-baby homes

Magdalene survivors 'shocked and angered' after Government grants National Maternity Hospital to religious order

More in this Section

Garda water unit searching Youghal port in Tina Satchwell disappearance probe

€270m Irish Water payment 'not connected to refunds', says Government

Man discovered with injuries in Co Wicklow is critically ill

Ballymun murders: Gardaí pursue 300 lines of inquiry


Today's Stories

Second weapon recovered in Dublin shooting

Field of roses narrows as festival in full bloom

Michael Twomey had ‘war chest of wisdom’

‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’

Lifestyle

Classical Review: Ensemble Marsyas

Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

In Vogue: Changing of the guard at iconic fashion magazine

Lidl and Heidi Klum - has the High Street reached peak collaboration?

More From The Irish Examiner