By Noel Baker
Some 186 survivors of the Magdalene laundries are now receiving payments under the Government’s new redress scheme.
Figures provided by the Department of Social Protection show that since the weekly payments commenced in June, 186 women are now receiving the payment, which is one of the steps recommended in the Magdalene Commission Report, also known as the Quirke Report.
The figures also reveal that in the year to August 19, €387,785 had been paid to Magdalene Survivors living overseas — and €366,826 of that amount was paid in the one month period to August 19.
Recipients living overseas receive a monthly payment, while those living in Ireland receive it weekly.
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