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Laundries victims will receive up to €100,000

By Dearbhail McDonald

Women incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries will receive up to €100,000 (£84,900) as part of a redress scheme that could cost the Republic up to €58m (£49.25m).

Survivors who lived and worked for 10 years or more in the laundries will be entitled to a general payment of €40,000 (£33,970) plus an additional €60,000 (£50,955) for their forced labour.

Women who spent a year in a laundry will be paid €20,500 (£17,400) increasing to €68,500 (£58,170) for those incarcerated for five years. The maximum payment is €100,000 (£84,900) for women who were in a Magdalene laundry for 10 years or more.

Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who unveiled details of the redress scheme as recommended in the Magdalene commission report by retired High Court judge John Quirke, described it as "profoundly important".

Some 59% of the women who disclosed their age to the commission are over the age of 65. Of 288 women, 69% had spent between one and five years in laundries with almost one in 10 living there for 10 years or more.

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