· Bill represents next phase of implementation of the Government’s package of support for women who worked in Magdalen Laundries

· Government delivering on recommendations of Quirke Report

· €17.8 million in redress payments already paid out to 488 applicants

 

12 December 2014

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has published the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014.

The Bill is to make special provision for free access to health services for women who worked in Magdalen Laundries and represents the next phase of implementation of the Government’s package of support for these women in line with the recommendation of the Quirke Report.

Under this legislation, GP, prescription medicines, nursing, home help, dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services will be made available by the HSE free of charge. The HSE is dealing on an administrative basis with arrangements for equivalent health services for participants living abroad.

The Bill also provides that payments which have been made by the State to these women will be exempt from any financial assessment of means under the Fair Deal (Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009).

Minister Fitzgerald stated:“The Government has committed to implementing all of the recommendations made by Mr. Justice Quirke in his report on the Magdalen Laundries.

“To date, a total of 488 applicants have received their lump sum payment under the redress schemes, at a cost of €17.8 million.

“The Bill I am publishing today marks the next phase of implementation, addressing a number of issues which require changes in legislation."

The Minister added: “I know that free access to health services, along the lines recommended by the Quirke Report will represent a very welcome and important support for the Magdalen survivors.”

The Minister concluded: “I hope that bill will be enacted very promptly, with the co-operation of the Oireachtas.”

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Note for Editors:

The Bill can be viewed at the following link. http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=27775&&CatID=59