Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (420)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

420. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if, in correspondence received by him, the four religious congregations reconsidered their position regarding the provision of a financial contribution to the Magdalen laundries redress scheme following the statement made by the Holy See to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11960/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Following a statement made by the Holy See to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in relation to the Magdalen Laundries, I wrote to the four religious congregations concerned and asked if, based on the statement made by the Holy See, they had reconsidered their position with regard to making a financial contribution to the Scheme. I have received responses from two of the congregations advising that their position is unchanged and I am awaiting a response from the other two congregations. I have also written to the Holy See to request clarification with regard to their statement to the UNCRC Committee and its recommendations.