281. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the timeframe for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Ombudsman’s report on an investigation into the administration of the Magdalen restorative justice scheme. (Question 17709/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am committed to honouring the commitments made to the Magdalen women. To date, 691 applicants have received redress amounting to €25.9 m in lump sums under the Ex Gratia Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme, along with other enhanced Health and Social Protection supports.
I have carefully considered the Ombudsman’s report of November 2017 on the administration of the scheme by my Department. I am pleased to have since had the opportu...

32. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the measures being taken on foot of the recommendations of the State Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16782/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister is aware that it is five months since the Ombudsman published his report on the Magdalen restorative scheme introduced by the previous Government to deal with the great disservice done to Irish women who served in Magdalen laundries. Several recommendations contained in the Ombudsman’s report have not yet been complied with by the Minister and his Department. What is being done in respect of those recommendations and when will those outstanding be implement...

84. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the measures being taken on foot of the recommendations of the State Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16487/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Last week the Taoiseach and I, together with our officials, met the Ombudsman to discuss my proposals to implement the recommendations in his report.  The meeting was positive and constructive, and today I briefed my Cabinet colleagues on these recommendations and the steps I am taking to implement them as quickly as possible.  This will involve a review of cases where there has been a dispute over length of stay, and assistance to app...

195. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to implement the redress measures recommend by Mr. Justice Quirke, including back-dated pensions, access to a HAA standard card, access to the scheme for women who are deemed to lack capacity and funding for memorialisation in view of the appearance of the ombudsman at the Oireachtas justice committee to discuss his report Opportunity Lost. (Question 11073/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Government decision in relation to the terms of the Magdalen ex-gratia Scheme provides that it commences with effect from 1 August, 2013.  
By way of general information, to date 687 women have received lump sum payments under the Scheme which provides for lump sum payments varying from €11,500 to €100,000 depending on the length of stay in the institution concerned.  €25.7m has been allocated under the Scheme to date.  Further, ea...

267. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention was drawn to problems by persons in his Department which were highlighted to them by the Ombudsman regarding the terms, application and operation of the Magdalene restorative justice scheme prior to the commencement of the Ombudsman’s report, Opportunity Lost. (Question 5843/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 15 September 2017, the Ombudsman submitted a draft of his investigative report into the administration of the scheme by my Department. On 13 October 2017, the Department issued its observations on the draft, which raised a number of factual, legal and practical issues in relation to the Ombudsman’s analysis of the operation of the scheme. These issues were particularly relevant in relation to his principal draft recommendation tha...

90. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department has issued payments from the ex-gratia Magdalene restorative justice scheme to the 19 women whose payments were being delayed by his Department on the basis that the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 provisions were not yet in place; if not, the date by which he plans to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3532/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Magdalen Laundries)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There has been a delay in making payments to certain women where there are issues relating to capacity, which may render them vulnerable to financial exploitation. The terms of the scheme provide for lump sum payments ranging from €11,500 to €100,000, special access to healthcare, upgrading of pension entitlements to the full State pension for those who have reached retirement age and payment of a weekly sum of €100 inclusive of other ...

589. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of discussions he has had with Dublin City Council senior management regarding the creation of an appropriate memorial at the Gloucester Street Magdalen laundry site on Seán McDermott Street, Dublin 1; and the assistance his Department has provided to Dublin City Council to progress the engagement with Magdalen laundry survivors as committed to by the then Taoiseach in his apology to the Magdalen women on behalf of the State in February 2013. (Question 1734/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Apology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 589 and 611 together.
The site of the Gloucester Street Magdalen Institution on Seán McDermott Street, Dublin 1 is owned by Dublin City Council (DCC).  In December 2017 DCC publicly announced that it will carry out a significant commercial redevelopment of the now largely derelict site as part of a broader economic regeneration of the area. In that announcement, DCC confirmed that there will be a Magdal...

611. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the work undertaken by his Department regarding the Quirke report recommendation that a memorial to the Magdalen women be funded and provided for by the Government; and if this work includes engagement with Dublin City Council officials to develop a memorial on the former Magdalen laundry site on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1. (Question 2005/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Apology)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 589 and 611 together.
The site of the Gloucester Street Magdalen Institution on Seán McDermott Street, Dublin 1 is owned by Dublin City Council (DCC).  In December 2017 DCC publicly announced that it will carry out a significant commercial redevelopment of the now largely derelict site as part of a broader economic regeneration of the area. In that announcement, DCC confirmed that there will be a Magdal...

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 ...