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Seanad: Order of Business (20 Jul 2017)

Victor Boyhan: .... That has to be a great challenge to us. In many years we will look back on this era and hold our heads in shame. We will ask what we, as politicians, did. Will we be looking back on another Magdalen laundry situation? It is a very important issue. We need to come together and work across all parties and all spectrums to address the serious plight of people who are suffering. I...

Seanad Public Consultation Committee: Children's Mental Health Services: Discussion (29 Jun 2017)

Maire Devine: ...I thank Mr. Peter Hughes, my colleague from the Psychiatric Nurses Association. He mentioned that almost 3,000 children in Dublin alone tonight with be without a bed. They could represent the Magdalen laundries of the past and the tribunals of the future. We need to cognisant of that and to act well. We need to realise that we do not have a single mother and baby bed for postpartum...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (22 Jun 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Ruth Coppinger: ...is better to be in a hub than in a hotel. We all agree that it is certainly a step up. Families in hubs can cook, enjoy certain facilities and have a bit more security. We all know that there are curfews. It is like a Magdalen laundry-type situation in so far as it involves putting people in collective units. The Minister can shake his head, but I remind him that one of these...

Resignation of Taoiseach (13 Jun 2017)

Maureen O'Sullivan: ...Ní féidir gan aitheantas a thabhairt do chumas Gaeilge an Taoisigh agus an chaoi a mbain sé úsáid as an nGaeilge. One of the most moving moments here was the apology to the ladies of the Magdalen laundries. Of course it was an apology that should never have been made, but yet the Taoiseach made it and he did it in a way that they found very satisfactory. I...

Mother and Baby Homes: Statements (1 Jun 2017) See 5 other results from this debate

Catherine Connolly: ...of this. They were taken openly not just by the nuns but also by the courts, solicitors, judges and gardaí. Many middle-class homes in Ireland benefitted from the mother and baby homes and the Magdalen laundries. I welcome the Minister's speech today and the fact that she went to Tuam. However, it has come about not because of her initiative or that of the Government. I do not...

Topical Issue Debate: Supreme Court Rulings (31 May 2017)

Mick Barry: The provision of direct provision centres has been a shameful episode in the history of the nation. A comparison has been made with the Magdalen laundries of former days and it is fair to say the centres are the Magdalen laundries of our time. I do not buy the Minister of State's argument that the fact that people are spending less time in direct provision accommodation is entirely down to...

Leaders' Questions (30 May 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy, it is well established that on Leaders' Questions you pose a question on one topic, and any subsequent questions are on the same topic. To introduce the Magdalen laundries or other matters-----

Written Answers — Department of Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits Data (25 May 2017)

Leo Varadkar: ...& Welfare rights 686 A42.5 EU Community Action Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (Progress) 2007 to 2013 0 A42.6 Social Inclusion Initiatives 80 A42.7 Ex gratia payments to women from Magdalen Laundries and other Institution 3,100 A42.8 Food Aid 4,000 A42.9 Training for Carers in areas of economic and social disadvantage (funded from the Dormant Accounts Fund)...

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund: Motion [Private Members] (24 May 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

Kathleen Funchion: ...The message that comes across is one of "get over it and move on", which, unfortunately, is the way we deal with everything in this country. How many times have we debated mother and baby homes, the Magdalen laundries and so on in this House, all of us using words such as "terrible" and "horrible" in that regard yet we are allowing similar things to happen. This is happening under our...

Seanad: Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016: Second Stage (17 May 2017)

Fintan Warfield: ...of the Bill is the lack of provision on information and tracing for those who were sent, or whose children were sent, overseas for adoption. Considering that some 2,000 babies were exported to the US from the Magdalen laundries, a large cohort that the Bill could have provided for are not included. I can appreciate the sensitive and turbulent nature of making private information...

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (17 May 2017)

Alice Mary Higgins: ...and record we care to read and in every place in the ground we have been asked to look. If we do not know that abuse or neglect took place, for what did the Taoiseach apologise to the survivors of Magdalen laundries? We know there has been abuse and neglect. The task of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is to determine the extent, depth and various awful...

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (Resumed) (17 May 2017)

Katherine Zappone: ...Devine about the 2012 report, the files were surrendered to the HSE when the homes were closed. The information in question was examined by the HSE as part of its input to the examination of the Magdalen laundries. All the issues of concern, which I share, are within the remit of the current commission. It is important to point out that these serious concerns about high death rates and...

Seanad: Migrant Integration Strategy: Statements (16 May 2017)

Frances Black: ...on a for-profit basis. Last year, eight companies were paid €43.5 million to provide these centres. Is this the best use of our resources? As we try to come to terms with the abuse inflicted on people in the mother and baby homes, the Magdalen laundries and other State and religious institutions, we often look back and ask ourselves how this happened. This is how it happens. It...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Magdalen Laundries (16 May 2017)

Catherine Connolly: ...Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 8 February 2017, the position regarding the investigation of the Ombudsman into the administration of the Magdalen redress scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22918/17]

Public Accounts Committee: 2015 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriations Account
Vote 24 - Justice and Equality
Chapter 6 - Procurement and Management of Contracts for Direct Provision
(11 May 2017)

...programme also provided for expenditure of over €10 million on commissions and inquiries, details of which are set out in note 6.3 to the account.  The committee may also wish to note spending under this programme of €5.45 million in respect of the Magdalen fund, as against a funding provision for the year of €11.5 million. Across the Vote, salaries accounted...

Public Accounts Committee: 2015 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriations Account (Resumed)
Vote 24 - Justice and Equality (Resumed)
Chapter 6 - Procurement and Management of Contracts for Direct Provision (Resumed)
(11 May 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Alan Farrell: Would Mr. Waters give us more information on the prospect of resolution of the 25 cases with capacity problems in the Magdalen fund?

Topical Issue Debate: UN Committees (4 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: ...to Ireland's abortion laws. The same committee on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women has called for an independent investigation into Ireland's mother and baby homes and Magdalen laundries, saying that victims should get appropriate compensation and official apologies. We are probably not the best to be throwing stones at anyone but Saudi Arabia is in a...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Magdalen Laundries (4 May 2017)

Catherine Connolly: 73. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 97 and 98 of 8 February 2017, if she will clarify her statement (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21307/17]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Residential Institutions Redress Scheme Eligibility (4 May 2017)

Frances Fitzgerald: The Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-gratia scheme applies to 10 Magdalen institutions and 2 specific training schools. It does not extend beyond those institutions and there are no plans to extend it beyond those institutions. As the legal proceedings to which the Deputy refers are ongoing, I am restricted from commenting in detail on the matters raised.

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