Magdalene Laundries victim Mary Cavner to get compensation


August 21, 2019

A woman denied an education and left malnourished after being forced to work at the age of 11 when her father died has won a battle for compensation.

Mary Cavner, 80, who lives in Hampshire but grew up in County Cork, was sent to work in one of Ireland’s notorious Catholic-run Magdalene Laundries.

She said her six years at the workhouse affected her “throughout her life”.

She was initially told she was ineligible for compensation but will now receive €76,000 (£69,500).

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