The Magdalen Commission Scheme was set up under the recommendations of The Magdalen Commission Report of Mr Justice John Quirke 2013. The report recommended the immediate implementation of an ex gratia scheme comprising a combination of a lump sum and weekly cash payments.
Details of qualifying conditions are available from the Department of Justice and Equality (DJE).
A government decision in November 2013 decided that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) should make the weekly payments (up to €100 if aged under 66 years and up to €230.30* if aged over 66 years) to the relevant women, as recommended by Judge Quirke in the Magdalen Commission Report on the basis that a significant number of these women were already in receipt of payments from DEASP.
*increased to €248.30 from 28 March 2019 in line with increase to State Pension Contributory**
Arising from a recommendation made by the Ombudsman in his report on the operation of the ex gratia Scheme, the government decided in May 2018 to apply the scheme to women who worked in the laundries of the 12 ‘Magdalen’ institutions but who were resident in one of 14 adjoining institutions. In order to apply this decision, an Addendum to the terms of the 2013 ex gratia scheme was published.
The level of DEASP administrative payment due is calculated based on current DEASP payments if applicable, to ensure that customers under age 66 years receive payment of €100 per week while customers over 66 years receive payment of equivalent of State Pension Contributory maximum rate.
For customers where the lump sum payment from DJE exceeded €50,000, they may also be in receipt of a weekly instalment payment from DEASP of the balance of the lump sum.
Please print and fill in the application form applicable to you:
If you were in one of the 12 Magdalen Institutions under the 2013 Scheme, see here:
If you were in one of the Adjoining Institutions covered by the Addendum, see here:
Please send the completed form to: