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The order ran two of the Magdalene laundries, in Galway and Dún Laoghaire.
2) Sisters of Charity
Founded in Dublin by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, the Sisters of Charity are associated with education and healthcare, and founded St Vincent’s Hospital. With about 250 members in its Irish province, it had some $349million (€266 million)in assets in 2009, virtually all of which was restricted or committed to provision of services or welfare of its elderly members.
A $6.5million (€5 million) offer was made to the statutory fund in 2009 but only $2.6million (€2 million)was paid. The order said it could not afford to hand over the remaining $3.9million (€3 million ) because of the downturn in the property market. It ran two Magdalene laundries, one in Donnybrook in Dublin and the other in Peacock Lane in Cork.
3) Good Shepherd Sisters
Founded in France in 1835 by St Mary Euphrasia, this order ran four laundries: in Waterford, Wexford, Limerick and Cork. With a little over 100 members it is a small order which now concentrates on sheltered accommodation and social housing. With colleagues from Our Lady of Charity Sisters, it runs Ruhama, the outreach and advocacy services for women in prostitution.Its asset base was $39million (€30 million)in 2009, all but $3.9million €3 million of which was restricted or committed to services or welfare.
4) Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge
It ran two laundries in Dublin: Drumcondra and Gloucester Street. The order focuses on residential care and social work for women. It had 31 members in Ireland in 2009, with an average age of 78.
Its total asset base in 2009 was $78million (€60million).Some $34million (€26 million) of this was committed to running its nursing home and residential hostels into the future. It did offer land near the Phoenix Park to the OPW in lieu of cash five years ago, but that offer was declined by Cabinet.
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