Monday January 27, 2020

Most vulnerable Magdalene survivors to be compensated under new law

Over 500 women received lump sums of up to €100,000 over the past year, providing they had the capacity to apply

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st November, 2015
Scene from The Magdalene Sisters film

Around 40 Magdalene Laundry survivors with intellectual disabilities are finally going to be paid compensation thanks to the passage of new legislation.

Although more than 500 women received lump sums of up to €100,000 over the past year, it was not possible for compensation to be given to those who lacked the capacity to apply to the scheme.

But the long-awaited Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill passed by the Dáil will allow this to happen.

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