Caranua Timeline

Dec 2012

Residential Institutions Statutory fund Act

This Act was brought in to provide for the establishment of a body to support the needs of former residents to be known as RISFB and to define its functions and to provide for the making of contributions for survivors of institutional abuse. It was also to amend the Residential Redress Act 2002, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse 2005 and related matters.

Mar 2013

Inaugural meeting of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board (RISF)

a: Minister clarifies Caranua cannot initiate contact with survivors

Planning commences throughout 2013: consultations take place with survivors, survivor groups and other services for survivors. Meetings were held in England and Ireland and over 250 survivors were met directly in this way. The meetings provided information on their preferences for how the Fund should operate and their experience of accessing existing services

Caranua Annual Report 2013

Caranua moves to Nth Frederick Street office

Jan 2014

Caranua opened for applications from survivors of institutional abuse

29th January 2014: The RISF Act was amended to include the statutory right to appeal decisions made by Caranua to an independent appeals officer

Mar 2014

David O’Callaghan replaces Sylda Langford as Chairperson of the Board

Jun 2014

Chairperson writes to the Department of Education to seek approval for additional staff to address the backlog of applications – freepost for all parts of the world introduced

Mar 2015

Outreach commences and by the end of the year events are held in Dublin, Manchester, Cork, Galway, Birmingham and London. Outreach starts in the Deaf village in Cabra and continues every month to July 2020

Dec 2015

21,304 payments had been made to 2,678 people. A total of €36.9 million in funding supports have been allocated to date

Jun 2016

New guidelines were introduced.

The changes were made to include additional items that survivors were requesting e.g. white goods. A funding limit of €15,000 was introduced for applications made after this date in order to ensure fair and equitable distribution of the fund.

Dec 2016

4,959 people confirmed eligible to apply to Caranua and €51.8 million in funding allocated to date.

May 2017

New Board Appointed 2017-2021 announced by then Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD