Justice for Magdalenes announces end of political campaign

Wednesday 22 May 2013 21.17
JFM said it had achieved its objectives
JFM said it had achieved its objectives

Advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes has announced the end of its political campaign.

The group said it had achieved its twin objectives of an official State apology and the establishment of a compensation scheme.

It said members would continue to assist survivors in a personal capacity.

JFM said it had contacted all of the survivors and relatives to inform them of its decision and had published two self-help guides, one for survivors and one for family members.

In February, Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised unreservedly on behalf of the State to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.

Mr Kenny apologised to the women for the hurt they endured in the laundries and for any stigma they suffered as a result of the time they spent in the laundries.

Law Reform Commission President Judge John Quirke was asked to undertake a review to assess how the Government could provide payments.

The apology came after the publication of the report of the committee investigating State involvement with the laundries between 1922 and 1996.

It found that the State was directly involved in the running of the laundries, with just over one quarter of referrals made by or facilitated by the State.

Four congregations ran Magdalene Laundries: The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Magdalene Survivors Together has said it will continue to work with all Magdalene women to ensure that they are properly compensated.

Director Steven O'Riordan said the group represents 75 Magdalene women both living in Ireland and the UK.

He said: "We have certain goals that we want to achieve and we firmly believe that will only happen if we continue to exist."