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The Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme

From: Department of Justice and Equality

What the Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme is

The Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme was established in 2013 on foot of the recommendations contained in the Magdalen Commission Report – otherwise known as the Quirke Report. That Report was a response to an Interdepartmental Government Committee report – otherwise known as the McAleese Report - set up to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries.

The Ex Gratia Scheme was established for the benefit of women who were admitted to and worked in the 10 Magdalen Institutions as well as St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and the House of Mercy Domestic Training School Summerhill, Wexford. For the purposes of the ex-gratia scheme, these twelve institutions are collectively called the ‘Magdalen institutions’.

Application of the Scheme to 14 Adjoining institutions

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.

A total of €30.128 million has been paid to 788 applicants.

Under the original scheme 791 applications have been received.

The position in relation to applications as of Friday, 13 December 2019 is as follows:

    Application Status 13 December 2019
    Paid 719
    Offers issued 4
    In progress 1
    Outstanding queries 1
    Incomplete applications 0
    Ineligible 52
    Applicant deceased awaiting probate 11
    Applicant died intestate 2
    Withdrawn 1
    Total Applications Received 791

Under the 2018 Addendum to the Scheme 115 applications have been received. The applications include 52 cases refused under the original scheme who may now be eligible.

The position in relation to applications as of 13 December 2019 is as follows:

    Application Status 13 December 2019
    Paid 78
    Offers issued 5
    In progress 2
    New application 1
    Outstanding queries 0
    Incomplete applications 0
    Ineligible 24
    Applicant deceased, eligibility not established, no known next of kin 1
    Application suspended due to lack of response from applicant 3
    Withdrawn 1
    Total Applications Received 115

Review Process by Mary O’Toole, Senior Counsel

A total of 215 cases have been identified for review by Ms O’Toole.

The review progress is set out in the table below:

    Status 13 December 2019
    Additional award paid 68
    Award unchanged (original decision upheld) 32
    Applicant withdrew from the process 21
    In progress with Ms O’Toole with some queries outstanding 80
    Files not yet opened 14
    Total 215

Apply

If having read this Information Note, you believe that you may be eligible for an award under the 2013 ex-gratia scheme or under the Addendum in respect of any of the institutions shown on the attached list, you should complete one of the two application forms.

The first application form covers the 12 Magdalen Institutions under the 2013 Scheme and the second application form covers the adjoining institutions covered by the Addendum.

Application Form: Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-gratia Scheme

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Application Form: Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-gratia Scheme (Adjoining Institutions)

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Completed application forms can be sent to:

The Restorative Justice Implementation Team

Phone:
Address:
Operations and Service Delivery, Department of Justice and Equality, 2nd Floor Bishops Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin, Dublin 2, D02 TD99

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