Seanad debates

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Redress for Women Resident in Certain Residential Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages


10:30 am

Photo of Victor BoyhanVictor Boyhan (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the Minister to the House again. Overall, the Bill is welcome. I thank the Minister for his engagement with it. It expands the availability of health services, which are to be provided free of charge to women who resided and worked in Magdalen laundries. It also provides that payments made to the women arising from anex gratia payment will not be included in any assessment of means for the fair deal scheme. It is good legislation.

What Senator Ruane is looking to achieve is reasonable. She had a similar amendment on Committee Stage and has tweaked it to gain more support for it. I hope the Minister will support this reasonable amendment.


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