Magdalene Laundry survivors and supporters protesting outside Leinster House on Thursday. They are calling for medical cards to be issued as recommended by the Quirke Report. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

A group of Magdalene survivors have criticised the Government which they say is denying women access to medical cards. As part of the Redress for Wome(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into the Dáil last year. One year later, protesters say redress, recommended by the Quirke report and backed by the Department of Justice and Equality, has not been forthcoming for many survivors. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Wreaths have been laid at the gates of Leinster House and on the graves of undocumented Magdalene women by protesters marking the anniversary o(...)

Maureen Sullivan, at a press conference by Magdalene Survivors Together in June this year.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patsy McGarryA woman who was one of the youngest in Ireland to have been put in a Magdalene laundry is to refuse any offer of compensation by the Stat(...)

Maureen Sullivan, Mary Smith, Dianne Croghan and Marina Gambold at a press conference by Magdalene Survivors Together to give their response to the Government’s redress scheme.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The two main survivors’ groups gave contrasting reactions to the Quirke report, with some former residents warning they may bypass the redress scheme (...)