Justice Minister needs to clarify medical entitlements for Magdalene survivors living abroad

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has this afternoon called on the Minister for Justice to make a statement in the Dáil on the entitlement of medical cards for the surviving women of the Magdalene Laundries, and other outstanding matters.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter this week confirmed that the legislation required to provide medical care for surviving women of the Magdalene Laundries will be in place by early 2014.

“However confusion remains about the provision of medical care for surviving women residing outside the state.

“In correspondence to me the Justice Minister states that women who were admitted to and worked in the laundries will be provided with medical services. Yet when responding to a parliamentary question last week the Justice Minister said medical services will be provided in the state.

“On raising the matter in the Dáil this afternoon with the Taoiseach he stated medical care will apply in respect of all women who were in the Magdalen laundries and now live abroad.

“Whilst I welcome the Taoiseach’s statement it would be helpful if the Minister for Justice made a statement to the Dáil on how he intends to provide medical care for the surviving women, living inside and outside the state, and other outstanding matters with regards to the redress scheme.”

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