Pope Francis must launch an investigation into decades of abuse of girls and young women at Magdalene laundries, the United Nations has demanded.
A top Vatican official has told a UN committee that responsibility for the Magdalene Laundries scandal lies solely with the Irish authorities.
Some survivors of the Magdalene laundries will be paid tax free compensation before Christmas, it has been revealed.
A research project focussing on the events in Magdalene Laundries is being launched today.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he cannot force the religious orders to make a contribution to the redress scheme for former residents of the Magdalene laundries.
Religious congregations have a moral obligation to contribute to a fund to support survivors of the Magdalene laundries, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said.
The religious orders responsible for running the Magdalene Laundries have told the Government they will not contribute to the fund set-up for survivors.
A memorial garden or museum is to to be erected in Dublin to honour women who survived the Magdalene Laundries, it has been announced.
Women who were held in one of the Magdalene laundries rejected today's offer of compensation and called on the Government to go back to the drawing board.
Survivors of Catholic-run workhouses will be paid up to €100,000 as part of a Government compensation scheme.
Comprehensive compensation is needed for survivors of Magdalene laundries including unpaid wages and pensions and rehab for forced labour, a watchdog has claimed.
The deceased victims of the Magdalene Laundries will be remembered today at a special ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.
The Taoiseach has said the Government will consider including the women who worked at Summerhill in Co Wexford under a new redress scheme for the women of the Magdalene laundries.
The Government is today inviting women who were in the Magdalene laundries to contact them with expressions of interest in a special fund set to help them.
The Taoiseach broke into tears as he made an historic and emotionally-charged state apology to survivors of the Magdalene laundries.
The women of the Magdalene laundries have been giving their reaction to this evening's formal apology from the Taoiseach for State involvemet in the laundries.
This is the full text of Enda Kenny's apology to the women who were sent to the Magdalene laundries:
An emotional Enda Kenny has delivered a long-awaited apology to the women who were sent to the Magdalene laundries.
Survivors of the Magdalene laundries have said they expect to be told details of a compensation scheme alongside an anticipated state apology by the Government.
The Taoiseach is in London today to meet with British-based survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that a Dáil motion by Fianna Fáil calling for an apology for the women of the Magdalene Laundries shows "scant regard" for those who lived and worked there.
The Taoiseach has refused to say if he will apologise to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries.
Women who worked in Magdalene laundries are to meet the Taoiseach today to further press for a state apology for their treatment.
A Labour TD has said the Tánaiste will talk further with the Taoiseach on the party's views over the issuing of an apology to the Magdalene survivors.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore are to meet to discuss the need for a full state apology to Magdalene laundries women, backbenchers have privately revealed today.
The Taoiseach has again declined to offer a full apology to the survivors of the Magdalene laundries. He appealed for "space" to formulate the Government's response.
Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has indicated the Government may make a full apology to the survivors of the Magdalene laundries, after it reads the report released yesterday.
SIPTU is planning to unite with advocacy groups representing survivors of the Magdalene laundries in their fight for compensation.
Groups representing survivors of the Magdalene laundries have described Enda Kenny's failure to provide them with a formal apology as "shameful".
Religious orders which operated the Magdalene laundries have insisted that they believe their role was to provide care and refuge.
Nuns who ran the Magdalene laundries were given a sympathetic hearing in the Magdalene laundries report as the inquiry team noted their profound hurt over the years of public debate.
Survivors of the Magdalene laundries have quickly rejected the Taoiseach's apology, and demanded a fuller and more frank admission from government and the religious orders involved.
The committee set up to inquire into the Magdalene laundries has found clear evidence of state involvement in the religious run work houses.
The Taoiseach has stopped short of issuing a full apology to the women detained in Magdalene laundries.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter is to bring the Report on the Magdalene Laundries to Government shortly, with a view to publishing it within four weeks.
A report on state involvement in the conditions in the Magdalene Laundries will be submitted to Government by the end of the year.
A group representing survivors of the Magdalene laundries has presented a report to the Government alleging widespread state involvement with the notorious workhouses.
The Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said he wants to establish the full extent of the State's involvement with the Magdalene Launderies.
The Government is to investigate the State’s role in alleged abuse at the Magdalene Laundries.
The support group for survivors of the Magdalene laundries has expressed regret that religious orders who ran the institutions have not yet apologised to the women involved.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has described a vow by religious congregations to co-operate with any inquiry into the Magdalene laundries as an important step.
A support group for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries has demanded a state apology after an international torture watchdog recommended a statutory inquiry.
The United Nations watchdog on torture has criticised Ireland’s prison conditions and accused the state of failing to protect women confined to Catholic Church workhouses.
The United Nations Committee Against Torture has called for an independent investigation into the Magdalene Laundries and allegations of abuse there.