Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that a government compensation fund will be set up for women forced to work in Magdalene laundries.
The president of the Law Reform Commission Judge John Quirke undertake a three-month review and make recommendations on payments to surviving women.
Mr Kenny also outlined plans to provide support, including medical cards, psychological and counselling services to survivors.
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