A Virgin and child carving over the door of the former Magdalene laundry on Gloucester Street in  Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A healthcare package offered under a government compensation scheme to women who spent time in Magdalene laundries was “essentially nothing more than”(...)

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall had warned the Department of Justice that it needed to move speedily to deal with compensation for the 200 women. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The situation of about 200 women who had been in Magdalene laundries but have to date been excluded from a State redress scheme is expected to be reso(...)

Rhetorical rivals Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft. Photographs: Getty Images

The 18th-century author and statesman Edmund Burke was never going to end up featured on posters in student bedsits or invoked by trendy opinionators.(...)

The entrance to  the former  Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street, Dublin.   The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill, published last month, proposes survivors of the laundries be entitled to GP care, prescription medicines, nursing and home-help as well as dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services provided by the HSE. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The draft legislation to assist survivors of Magdalene laundries has been described as “unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises” by advocacy (...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: announced establishment of Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes last week. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Magdalene laundries and County Homes should be included in terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes , four ad(...)