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They have refused to make payment of compensation, leaving this to the Irish Government but it was they who exploited the women, they who ran the laundries and they who should pay for the abuse they committed.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:20 pm
Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:10

The four orders of nuns that ran the notorious Magdalene Laundries in Ireland have said they have no intention of contributing anything towards the compensation fund set up by the Irish Government.

The Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters told the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they will leave it to the taxpayer to pick up the bill and will pay nothing towards the compensation fund which could total €58 million.

They have said they will continue to look after elderly former residents who have not been able to find anywhere else to live — but that's all.

The Government announced the scheme last month after Mr Justice Quirke had inquired into the options available to compensate the women who had been incarcerated in the laundries and used as forced labour.

The minimum payment was €11,500 for women who spent three months or less in a laundry and the maximum approved was €100,000 for those who were residents for 10 years or more.

It is estimated that about 600 women will be eligible for compensation and they will not have to prove that they were abused or suffered hardship.

Mr Shatter said he had expected the four orders of nuns that had run the laundries on behalf of the state to contribute to the compensation, but didn't specify what he expected them to pay.

The scheme comes after years of campaigning by the survivors of the Magdalene Laundry system. The Irish Premier Enda Kenny gave an emotional apology to the victims in the parliament earlier this year, saying nobody should have had to endure the cruelty and degradation that the women in these institutions did.

The apology and compensation scheme was prompted by an investigation by former senator Martin McAleese into the Laundries, which operated for nearly a hundred years. The report condemned the state's role in allowing the Magdalene Laundries to continue and the religious orders for their cruelty and oppression of the women who were admitted.

Chief Executive of Barnardos, Fergus Finlay, told the Irish Examiner that the Government should call the religious orders to account. "I think these religious orders have to be called in — if necessary, publicly — and they have to be told that the government and the people of Ireland expect them to make a contribution."

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society commented: "We hope that campaigners will remind the Irish Government that the 18 orders involved in the Magdalene Laundries made €667m in property deals between 1999 and 2009."

Pat B. (357)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:35 pm
Personally, I feel that the Catholic orders of nuns should pay, (actually, they should have been sentenced to prison), for the atrocities that happened. Downright mean, cruel women, most or all, who ran these laundries.
Gladly signed, thank you, Beverly for this.

Mary T. (357)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:38 pm
Signed & noted - so sad these women were forced into slavery - thank you Beverly for caring

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:09 pm

I agree with Pat, these women should pay and those who were even aware should be in a prison cell.
You bet I signed and shared.

Rose Becke (142)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:46 pm

Rose Becke (142)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:46 pm
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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:02 pm
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

The four orders that ran the Magdalene laundry laundries, The Mercy Sisters, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters, have stated they will not contribute to the redress fund for the victims of their institutions. Additionally, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stated he cannot force the orders to contribute. In response, a victims group called Magdalene Survivors Together has demanded the government eliminate the charitable status of the orders and that they receive no more state funding.

To refuse to take responsibility for decades of abuse directly related to these religious institutions is utterly disgraceful. These women are entitled justice and receiving compensation from these orders would only be scratching the surface of what is needed to begin to recover.

We urge these religious “charities” to reexamine their decisions. By blatantly dodging responsibility, they are preventing the at least 600 women from beginning to truly heal. We also encourage the state to consider the plea from Magdalene Survivors Together and revoke theses orders’ charitable status until they are willing to cooperate with the redress for the Magdalene Laundry victims. Refusing to contribute is the opposite of charitable; it is callous and selfish.


Freya H. (355)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:20 pm
Signed! Those heartless hags put the hapless girls through sheer hell. I have read numerous horror stories about the Magdalene laundries, including how the nuns would torment the girls by making them smell the nuns' delicious dinners while the girls got only scraps. Absolutely should those wolves in sheep's clothing foot the entire bill for the compensation!

Animae C. (520)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:25 pm
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665 signers.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:56 pm
Signed too Cheers

Giana Peranio-Paz (407)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:49 am
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natasha salgado (715)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:04 am
Def signed-thx

Ben Oscarsito (261)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:55 am

Judy C. (102)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:37 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Barry AWAY T. (938)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:44 am
signed & shared, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:42 am
yes, signed

Anna Undebeck (256)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:23 am
Oh yes. Thanks Berverly. signed&shared,

Gloria picchetti (310)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:31 am

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:39 am
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Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:02 pm
signed & noted

S S. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thank you.

Janet G. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:28 pm
Horrendous! Signed!

Mary H. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:38 pm
This is no less serious than the sexual abuse of individuals by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. These women were punished, exploited, beaten, neglected and abused by the Church and the society. Both are equally responsible. However, I feel the religious orders are more responsible because they forgot the second great commandment to love you neighbour as themselves. This is an appalling injustice to these women, some of whom never left the laundry where they were put by their families because they had become pregnant. The Roman Catholic Church has to begin to deal with the fact that the human rational creature is a creature of emotions and desires.

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:39 pm
Not Christian. Signed of course.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:01 pm
What irony, the name of the nunnery/slavery groups are: The Mercy Sisters - The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity - The Sisters of Charity and last but not least The Good Sheperd Sisters. If nothing else these evil incarnate nuns of hell should loose their nunnery and go out into the REAL WORLD and WORK! Just one more confirmation to me that leaving the Roman Catholic Church in my youth was among one of the best things I have ever done. Sadly, I was starting to open up to discourse with the RCC after "the nuns on the bus" last year and this new pope might be a turning point. Nah, same old same con game going. The lack of shame these "nuns" or repentance they do not feel truly shocks me. "TAKE THEE TO A NUNNERY" has a whole new meaning to me. Religion is a business, TAX THEM ACCORDINGLY

Dori C. (17)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:03 pm

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:08 pm
signed. Shut down the order. They haven't a clue what charity means (duh..begins at "home" in the convent maybe?). As to being "shepherds" they are mean old goats. As to showing "mercy"...what is merciful about eatting decent food in front of your free labor slaves who got the scraps?
What the hell stance does the Pope take on this? Why should taxpayers pay for something that benefited the church and provided it with fancy churches, pope mobiles, cars (CARS? let priests do what Jesus did-walk!)

Apolonia Pl (399)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:29 pm
Signed with 715 signers....

Hugo L. (255)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:38 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Cher

Mandi T. (450)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:21 pm

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Marlene Puaoi (20)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:35 pm
The self-righteousness of these supposed women of God caused untold misery. That they should now require the government of Ireland to pay for their sins smacks heavily of hypocrisy and demonstrates a lack of true repentance.

Birgit W. (159)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:56 pm

Ellen Kent (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:29 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:35 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Cher.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:07 pm
Any person who perpetrates crimes against any living being should be made to pay compensation. If we do not do so here while in the human body there is certainly no way to avoid the karmic debt that is being accounted.

Sue Clayton (8)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:53 pm
In the early 1960's I was made a ward of the state and sent to a place exactly like this run by The Sisters of the Good Shepherd. It was a commercial laundry where we (girls between 12 and 17) would work from dawn to dusk with gigantic laundry equipment. We laundered for all the major hotels and the private boys colleges in Perth, West Australia. Our pay was equivalent to 50 cents a week! I'D LOVE TO BE REIMBURSED FOR MY TIME!!

Lona Goudswaard (90)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:39 am
S&N The catholic church has so much to answer for. It should compensate all boys who were sexually molested and all girls who were abused and had to work like slaves by their orders. Not only by the Irish CC, but all over the world. It happened everywhere as Sue Clayton rightly states.

Lloyd H. (46)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:51 am
Signed. Well, well, two heads, The Tax Exempt Religion and the Multinational Corporation, of the Three Headed Daemon of the Roman Catholic Church is caught feasting on the flesh of the flock, guess the Sovereign Nation of Vatican City did not need to use their Diplomatically Immune Papal Legates to remove evidence from the jurisdiction of Ireland.

Ludger W. (71)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:36 am

Jason Flint (5)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:14 pm
signed and noted

Pami W. (233)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:36 pm
Signed and Noted. The nuns should pay compensation.

Stuart Thomas (503)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:28 pm
Thank you for the posting, Beverly.

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Yvonne F. (180)
Friday August 9, 2013, 4:23 am
Horrible!!!! So signed!! Thanks Beverly

Emma S. (240)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:11 am
Absolutely done! Thanks, Beverly.
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