18 April 2018
Ombudsman Peter Tyndall today welcomed the Minister for Justice and Equality’s announcement that it will move forward on implementing the recommendations following the investigation into how the Department of Justice and Equality administered the Magdalen Restorative Justice scheme.
The report of his investigation, Opportunity Lost, was critical of how the Department administered the scheme, including how some women who worked in the Magdalen laundries have been wrongly refused access to the scheme.
The Government signalled its agreement to three of the recommendations and had been considering the fourth in respect of eligibility for admission to the scheme.
Commenting on today’s announcement Ombudsman Peter Tyndall said:
“This is a significant step forward for the women who were so badly treated when in the Magdalen laundries. Since the publication of the report we have had positive discussions with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice and Equality. I am grateful to them for their intervention. However, it is now essential that there is an early and full outcome and that the women do not face further unnecessary delay.
Our Office expects to be fully engaged with the work of the Senior Counsel and working group as was agreed at the meeting with the Taoiseach and Minister for Justice and Equality”.
The Ombudsman’s report was published in November 2017. It recommended:
Media release, November 2017, following publication of the Ombudsman’s report.
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