The Minister answered part of the question. I sought statistics regarding those who have accepted compensation under the Magdalen fund and those who have applications pending.
Some useful information in relation to the Magdalen laundries but disappointing for those who were in An Grianan.
However, another few aspects need to be addressed. The number who have had their applications denied on the basis that the institution in which they spent time is not covered by the scheme; and the number of women who are appealing their offers of compensation.
I acknowledge what has been done to date and the Minister’s response when I raised this issue on Leaders’ Questions recently. However, there is a problem in that only 50% of the applicants have been dealt with and the pace is slow.
Appeal is to the Ombudsman who was sympathetic but his hands were tied. However, this will be pursued. I have been contacted by ladies who have been badly served by their time in the laundries and now again in terms of the Scheme.