The Ombudsman has welcomed Government proposals on implementing his recommendations to address the State's wrongful rejection of some applications for help from survivors of Magdalene laundries.

However, Peter Tyndall said it is essential that the women do not face further unnecessary delays.

He was responding to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan's proposals to yesterday's Cabinet meeting on implementing last November's finding by the Ombudsman that the minister's officials had mal-administered the 2013 Magdalene Redress Scheme.

Mr Tyndall's investigation of complaints by 27 women whose applications had been rejected made four recommendations.

But until last week's unorthodox meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Flanagan and the Ombudsman, the Government had met none of the Ombudsman's timelines for addressing the wrongs.

Yesterday, the minister announced the appointment of independent senior barrister Mary O'Toole, to review disputes over durations of stay in Magdalene institutions and to advise on helping applicants who lack the mental capacity to accept an award.

The Ombudsman's report noted that that group had shrunk in numbers from around 40 in 2013 to 18 last November.

Mr Tyndall has emphasised the urgent need to make women who were deemed to lack capacity wards of court so they could benefit from redress.

The Taoiseach's department will lead an interdepartmental review to draft guidance on the administration of future redress schemes.


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A former resident of the Magdalene laundry in New Ross, Co Wexford, has criticised the Government's failure to compensate women who were also forced to work for nothing in other institutions.

Maureen Sullivan was responding to yesterday's proposal by the Government to address the State's rejection of some applications to the Magdalene redress scheme.

In response, the Department of Justice said that it could not comment on individual cases.

A spokesman said that Minister Flanagan had made a detailed announcement yesterday on addressing the Ombudsman's recommendations on the wrongful rejection of some applications to the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme.