The government is reluctant to set up a compensation scheme for the deserving victims of the Magdalene Laundries. There may be many reasons proferred but the only one that matters to the government is the likely cost. When seeking compensation from the religious, the difficulties of proving liability are often mentioned. As a partial solution I would propose removing charitable status from organisations that currently qualify under the heading of 'the advancement of religion'. I don't know how much this benefit is worth to the various religious organisations but I imagine it is very significant given that they are exempt from income tax, cgt, dirt,stamp duty, dividend withholding tax etc according to the revenue website Frequently Asked Questions - Charities . Also significantly they are exempt from the new property tax. To me this is a neat solution that helps right a wrong, raises money for the state and helps to separate church and state.