Laundry women to meet judge to discuss help they may receive from State

Judge Quirke to report within month on aid to Magdalene women

Mr John Quirke: to meet Magdalen survicors

Mr John Quirke: to meet Magdalen survicors

Wed, Apr 17, 2013, 23:00

As many as 75 members of the Magdalene Survivors Together group will meet Judge John Quirke, president of the Law Reform Commission, in Dublin this afternoon to discuss proposed compensation packages for them.

Last February the Government asked Judge Quirke to undertake a three-month review and to recommend criteria to be applied in assessing the help it can provide to the women “in the areas of payments and other supports, including medical cards, psychological and counselling services and other welfare needs”.

In his Dáil apology to the women on February 19th, following publication of the McAleese report into the laundries, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “when Judge Quirke has reported, the Government will establish a fund to assist the women, based on his recommendations. I am confident that this process will enable us to provide speedy, fair and meaningful help t