The Government has come under renewed criticism following JFM Research’s call on the coalition to better administer the Magdalene Laundries restorative justice scheme.
On the one year anniversary of a landmark apology made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries, a great number of survivors have yet to receive payment from the compensation fund.
Enda Kenny’s emotional and impassioned Dáil speech 12 months ago sits in stark contrast to the ongoing inaction of his government. Seeking comment from the Government WWN were able to speak to a government spokesman.
“Ah, we’ll get around to it,” the spokesman said of the redress scheme, “we were just about to really get going on that well, well before anyone pointed out we were doing next-to-nothing to bring a close to one of the most disgraceful chapters in the history of the State, honestly we were,” he added.
While the spokesperson pointed out that the Government were quite busy, he said they would not repeat the mistakes of the past by ignoring the plight of those who suffered.
It has been reported that less than half the women in question have received the money owed as part of the compensation scheme.
“Ah, you know yourself, it’s like when you leave the room to do something and you forget what it is you were going to do. An easy mistake to make one would surely agree,” said an unnamed government minister.