Peter Garsden, Principal at Simpson Millar and President of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) has welcomed the recent apology from the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, on behalf of the state for its role in the Magdalene Laundries.
Some 10,000 women and girls were made to do unpaid manual labor in laundries run by Roman Catholic nuns in Ireland between 1922 and 1996. The apology came after a 1,000 plus page report was released detailing the way women and girls were treated as virtual slaves. The Irish state have announced a compensation package for around 800 women still alive who were held in laundries across Ireland.
Commenting, Mr Garsden, whose firm successfully obtained compensation for more than 80 clients from the Irish Redress Board, which was set up in 2002 to compensate victims of abuse in Irish Residential Institutions, said: “Many energetic women have campaigned tirelessly for a formal apology to be issued. There will be, however, many others, who have never come forward, and should now consider doing so.”
The exact terms of the scheme have not yet been published.
Simpson Millar has a team of dedicated abuse solicitors all of whom have many years’ experience in dealing with serious abuse claims. We successfully obtained compensation for more than 80 clients from the Irish Redress Board, which was set up in 2002 to compensate victims of abuse in Irish Residential Institutions. We pride ourselves on the personal bespoke service we offer which means you can be reassured that you will speak to one of our specialist solicitors when you first contact us. Our solicitors can give you the help and support you need to achieve the justice and compensation that you deserve.