Coonan welcomes Magdalen Laundry healthcare legislation

Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the passing of legislation to provide health services for women who worked in Magdalen laundries.

Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the passing of legislation to provide health services for women who worked in Magdalen laundries.

Deputy Coonan reaffirmed that the Government is meeting its commitment to provide health services free of charge to women who worked in Magdalen laundries.

“My Fine Gael colleague Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has stated that the Act will be commenced without delay so that women can receive all of the medical services promised by the Government. This redress is hugely important to women who worked in Magdalen laundries and it is an issue we have been working to prioritise,” said Deputy Noel Coonan.

“Both Dáil and Seanad Éireann have passed the Redress for Women Who Were Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2015. The legislation initiated by Minister Fitzgerald makes provisions for a broad range of health services, which will be provided free of charge to women who worked in Magdalen laundries.”

The range of health services provided free of charge include general Practitioner, medical and surgical services, drugs, medicines and surgical appliances, nursing services, home help services, dental, ophthalmic and aural services, counselling services, chiropody services and physiotherapy services.

In addition, it provides that payments made to the women arising from a scheme of ex-gratia payments will not be included in any financial

assessment of means under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009.

“The Bill will shortly go to the President for signature,” concluded Deputy Noel Coonan.