Magdalene Laundry, Ireland

Irish Times: ‘Women take action over labour at Magdalene laundry’

Four women who claim they were used as forced labour in a Magdalene laundry have brought High Court proceedings challenging the refusal to admit them to the State’s compensation scheme for survivors. The Magdalene laundry compensation scheme was set up by the Government in 2013.

The basis for the women’s exclusion is that, while it is accepted that they had worked at St Mary’s Refuge Magdalene Laundry at High Park Convent, Drumcondra, Dublin, they were not actually admitted to that institution. Instead, they had been admitted to An Grianán Institution, located in the grounds of the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge, High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra. An Grianán was deemed a separate and specific institution to the laundry.

The women claim that while they were residents at An Grianán they were forced to perform labour for no pay at the laundry every weekday.

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