The nuns from a Catholic order that ran the institutions in Ireland, where the women have been enslaved and abused children for decades, have abandoned all involvement in the implementation of the new national maternity hospital.
After weeks of pressure and public outrage, the Sisters of Charity, announced on Monday that it was terminating its role in the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG), the trust created to manage the new maternity centers in Dublin.
In a statement, the Sisters of Charity has said that it would not be involved in the ownership or management of the hospital.
He said that the two sisters on the board of directors would resign with immediate effect.
Last month, one of Ireland’s most respected obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, has resigned from the board of directors, after it emerged that the religious order responsible for the execution of the famous Magdalen Laundries would have an influence on the new hospital.
His resignation was the latest controversy in the debate on church-state relations and the influence of Catholic institutions in the delivery of public services in Ireland.
Two major events have taken place in recent weeks to protest against the Sisters of Charity of the proposed role in the functioning of the hospital. Over 100,000 signed an online petition opposing the move.
The Sisters of Charity was one of the orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries, institutions that were controlled by Catholic orders in the late 18th century and the 20th.
Many of those incarcerated were young, unmarried women who became pregnant and had their babies themselves â€“ in some cases, they are sold to wealthy Catholic couples without children in the united states.
In 2013, the irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, apologised on behalf of the Irish state for women held in institutions. Kenny said their abuse and exploitation had â€œcast a shadow on the life of irelandâ€.
A financial compensation scheme has been put in place in Ireland after a survey published in 2009, detailed abuses committed against children in residential institutions. The Sisters of Charity offered to pay 5 million euros to â‚¬ 1.5 billion recovery bill and information on the costs incurred by the state, but has so far contributed only to a height of 2 mâ‚¬.
All in all, the Irish Catholic orders have agreed to pay nearly a quarter of the bill, but an audit report released in December 2016 discovered that they had still contributed only 13% of the total costs of compensation for the victims.