Magdalene Laundry Workers Refused Redress


A number of women who worked in the Magdalene laundries were wrongly refused access to a redress scheme.

That’s according to a report which was issued after a number of survivors were denied access to compensation.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says that full and careful consideration was given to all the recommendations by the Ombudsman.

This report called ‘Opportunity Lost’ was issued after 27 women who lived in convents and laundries complained that they were denied access to the redress scheme announced by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2013.

The Department of Justice said it was because they had not lived in one of the 12 institutions.

However, Ombudsman Peter Tyndal says evidence shows that some of the Magdalene laundries were physically linked to the units where the women lived or were located on the same grounds.

The report also criticises other aspects of the administration of the scheme.

The Ombudsman has issued a number of recommendations to the Department of Justice including reconsidering applications and guidance on any future redress schemes.