38. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps his Department plans to take on foot of the recommendations of the Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalene restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51989/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister will be aware that less than two weeks ago the Ombudsman published his report, entitled Opportunity Lost, on the administration of the Magdalen restorative justice scheme. Unfortunately, the report concludes that the manner in which the scheme has been administered by the Department constitutes maladministration within the meaning of section 4 of the Ombudsman Act 1980 as amended. Following the launch of the report, the Minister stated that full and careful...

65. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he plans to take further to the recommendations of the Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51696/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As I have previously indicated, the Department is giving full and detailed consideration to each of the four recommendations made by the Ombudsman in his report published on 23 November 2017. 
It is important to note that the existing Scheme remains open. To date 684 applicants to the Magdalen scheme have received their ex-gratia payments from my Department’s Vote at a cost of €25.7m.  The terms of the scheme recommended to Government ...

78. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department received a list of 107 women in the Galway Magdalen laundry in 1952 from the diocese of Galway in 2014 after being informed of its existence by a person (details supplied); the way in which he will ensure access to material for victims and their representatives as per the recommendation of UNCAT issued 11 August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51731/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can confirm that my Department received the document referred to in this Parliamentary Question. This was provided to the Department on the basis that the information would be held in the strictest confidence and referred to only as a possible means of verification if an applicant to the ex-gratia scheme was resident in the Magdalen Institution in Galway.  There were only limited records surviving for this Magdalen Institution so the...

107. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department will accept the criticisms and recommendations of the Ombudsman report opportunity lost into the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51323/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 to 109, inclusive, together.
I should firstly say that I am committed to honouring the commitments of then Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Magdalen women in 2013 and the full implementation of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme introduced for women who were admitted to and worked in the 12 named institutions covered by the scheme. My Department was entrusted with overall responsibility for implem...

108. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he will implement the Ombudsman’s recommendation to review applications that were refused on the grounds that they had been admitted to a training centre or industrial school located in the same building or attached the grounds of one of the laundries. (Question 51324/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 to 109, inclusive, together.
I should firstly say that I am committed to honouring the commitments of then Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Magdalen women in 2013 and the full implementation of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme introduced for women who were admitted to and worked in the 12 named institutions covered by the scheme. My Department was entrusted with overall responsibility for implem...

109. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it is his Department’s remit to oversee the development of robust guidelines on the operation of future restorative or redress schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51325/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 to 109, inclusive, together.
I should firstly say that I am committed to honouring the commitments of then Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Magdalen women in 2013 and the full implementation of the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme introduced for women who were admitted to and worked in the 12 named institutions covered by the scheme. My Department was entrusted with overall responsibility for implem...

35. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the redress scheme for the Magdalene survivors especially those living abroad; and if there has been progress regarding the recommendation of a person (details supplied) to discuss a memorial. (Question 44217/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): To date awards totalling almost €25.7 million have been paid out to 682 women under the Ex Gratia Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme administered by my Department. 166 of these are in respect of women who are resident outside the State and I expect 4 others to receive their payments in the coming weeks, bringing this to a total of 170. 
As the Deputy is aware, the women are also entitled to other benefits under the Scheme. Each wo...

167. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if additional persons have been added to the list since Caranua was established over and above those identified in the Quirke report; if so, the number; the criteria used; the years in which this occurred; if new persons were included; if resources were provided to cover this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42230/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I think the Deputy may be referring to the Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme which was set up by the Department of Justice and Equality following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The mat...

110. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 8 February 2017, the position regarding the investigation of the Ombudsman into the administration of the Magdalen redress scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22918/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Ombudsman notified my Department that he is undertaking an investigation into complaints regarding the administration of the Scheme by the Department of Justice and Equality. My officials’ understanding is that it relates to the inclusion of an institution that is not one of the 12 covered by Scheme. That investigation is ongoing and it is a matter for the Ombudsman to determine how it proceeds and the time lines i...

73. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 97 and 98 of 8 February 2017, if she will clarify her statement (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21307/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Further to my reply to Parliamentary Questions 97 and 98 of 8 February I wish to reiterate that Magdalen Laundries were private institutions under the sole ownership and control of the religious congregations concerned and had no special statutory recognition or status. The Magdalen Institutions did interact with certain Government agencies, sometimes on the same basis as a commercial enterprise and other times as the p...

15. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when the archive of the interdepartmental committee on the Magdalen laundries will be made available. (Question 15637/17 asked on 30 Mar 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In February, 2013 the report of an Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries was published. That report was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which were run by 4 different Orders of nuns over a period of 70 years. The religious con...

52. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps she will take to ensure the 19 women who have received awards under the ex-gratia scheme for survivors of the Magdalen laundries receive payment promptly and notwithstanding the fact that assisted capacity legislation has not yet commenced; and if she will refer all cases to the national advocacy service for representation. (Question 15665/17 asked on 30 Mar 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): To date, over €25 million has been paid out to 669 women under the Ex Gratia Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme administered by my Department. The Scheme remains open to new applications but it’s important to note that decisions have been made on all but two of the 821 applications received to date – the two refer to applications made only in recent weeks. The difference between that figure and the 669 payments made ...

91. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to a proposed development (details supplied) at the site of the former Magdalen laundry operated by the Religious Sisters of Charity at Donnybrook and the lack of consultation with survivor groups regarding this development; if she will intervene to ensure that adequate consultation takes place in view of recommendations of Mr. Justice Quirke regarding consultation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15154/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As I indicated in my response to Dáíl Question No. 90 on 22 February, 2017, an Inter-Departmental Committee was set up in 2011 to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which were run by 4 different Orders of nuns over ...

102. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her Department has issued any alerts to Irish embassies since October 2014 on the Magdalene restorative justice scheme; if not, the reason this is the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9607/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can advise the Deputy that in October 2014 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on request from my Department, circulated an information note on the Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme through their embassies around the world to the local Irish communities. My Department is satisfied that an information note is still up to-date and does not see the need to re-circulate what is already in ci...

150. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost to implement the 2013 proposals from a person (details supplied) on restorative justice. (Question 9924/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): This question relates to the proposals put forward by Mr. Justice Quirke in his 2013 report following from the earlier publication of the report of an Inter-Departmental Committee, chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese, which had been set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. The principal outcome of the Quirke report was the setting up of the Magdalen Laundries Restorative...

507. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made to date on the mechanism to deal with health care for survivors of the Magdalen laundries who live overseas (details supplied) (Question 9772/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Quirke Report recommended that a provision of a comprehensive suite of health services be provided to the Magdalen Women. A specific medical card has been issued to these women so they can access the enhanced health services they require without charge. 
Although the Quirke Report did not make a recommendation that health services be provided to Magdalen women abroad, the Irish Government decided that practical arrangements should be put in place t...

76. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will backdate the pensions of Magdalen survivors participating in the ex gratia scheme to retirement age. (Question 9124/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme was set up following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which ...

77. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will ensure that particularly vulnerable Magdalen survivors are provided with personal advocates to ensure they can benefit fully from the ex gratia scheme. (Question 9125/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme was set up following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which ...

78. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made on the establishment of the dedicated unit as recommended by a person (details supplied) in the Magdalen commission report. (Question 9126/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme was set up following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which ...

85. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when the archive of the interdepartmental committee on the Magdalen laundries will be made available. (Question 9177/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The archive of State records of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Magdalen Laundries (the McAleese archive) is held in the Department of An Taoiseach. The McAleese report specifically states that it was agreed that the most appropriate course of action would be that the archive of the Committee’s work would be deposited with An Taoiseach. The records provided by the religious congregations concerned were returned...

99. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she has established the fund to provide access for Magdalen laundries survivors to complementary therapies under the ex gratia scheme (details supplied). (Question 9383/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme was set up following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which ...

290. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made to date on the mechanism to deal with health care for survivors of the Magdalen Laundries that live overseas, as referred to by the previous Minister on 24 September 2014. (Question 9382/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Quirke Report recommended that a provision of a comprehensive suite of health services be provided to the Magdalen Women. A specific medical card has been issued to these women so they can access the enhanced health services they require without charge. The number of women who have access to this Scheme in Ireland is 613.
There are a further 118 eligible women living overseas and although the Quirke Report did not make a recommendation that health...

90. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the plans in place to ensure that artefacts and paperwork contained in the former Magdalen laundry building at Donnybrook, Dublin 4, are gathered and preserved. (Question 9066/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): An Inter-Departmental Committee was set up in 2011 to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which were run by 4 different Orders of nuns over a period of 70 years. 
Chapter 3 of the McAleese Report gives the history of...

91. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the plans for the Magdalen laundry at Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1; if there are plans to sell it; and if so, the reason. (Question 9067/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): An Inter-Departmental Committee was set up in 2011 to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions which were run by 4 different Orders of nuns over a period of 70 years. 
Chapter 3 of the McAleese Report gives the history of...

22. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps her Department will take to to ensure an interpretation of the Magdalen redress scheme that is consistent with the State’s apology to the women and to ensure that all Magdalen women, including those exploited as children, receive the redress they deserve. (Question 7679/17 asked on 16 Feb 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Magdalen Laundries Restorative Justice Ex Gratia Scheme was initiated following the publication of the report in February, 2013 of an Inter-Departmental Committee set up to establish the facts of the State’s involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. It was chaired by then Senator Martin McAleese and it is commonly referred to as the McAleese report. The material in the Report relates to 10 different institutions whi...