Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said the Government will meet the four religious orders involved in the Magdalene Laundries to discuss how to manage the redress scheme for survivors.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the minister said the Government may put a proposal to the groups in relation to funding the scheme.
She said the co-operation of the religious orders will be necessary, not least because Judge John Quirke will need access to the records of survivors to verify claims.
Minister Lynch said were it not for the co-operation of the orders up to now, the State would not have the McAleese report that prompted the Taoiseach’s apology.
She said a mistake was made with the industrial schools in that a deal was done in advance of knowing what the final cost would be.
That same mistake will not be made this time round, she said.