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Applications to Caranua

Update on Application timelines

This letter from our CEO Rachel Downes gives an update on Caranua application timelines.

Caranua is no longer accepting new applications from survivors for financial supports however we can help to connect you with organisations that may be able to help you now or in the longer term. If you are interested in this type of support please contact us by phone, email or post. Our office hours are 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Caranua can offer support, information, advice and advocacy services to survivors. The help we provide will depend on the needs and circumstances of each survivor eligible to apply to Caranua.

If you are supporting someone (please see more details below about supporting someone) who has an open application with Caranua how can we help you?

We use funds from Irish religious congregations to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors. We help survivors by providing funding supports for services and equipment in the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Housing support
  • Education, learning and development

Can I speak to Caranua on behalf of someone else?

The confidentiality of survivors who apply to us is very important. For this reason we never share or discuss information about any individual, without their written permission. However, we understand that some people may want another person to deal with us on their behalf. In this instance someone can become the ‘Nominated Person’ for an applicant. When you are someone’s ‘Nominated Person’, Caranua will deal with you instead of with the applicant, in relation to all aspects of their application.


Can I ask Caranua some general questions about what you do, so I can pass the information on?

Yes, we are happy to answer general questions about what we can and cannot do with relatives and friends of survivors. It is information on an individual application that we cannot answer without the applicant’s written permission. Please call (1800 212477 from Ireland, 0808 234 1303 from the United Kingdom and +353 1 8742277 from outside Ireland and the UK) or email us with your questions.


Useful Downloads

Applying for Services – Everything you need to know about applying for support from Caranua
You can download the Applying for Services booklet here. This is the version updated in June 2016.
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Useful Links

FAQs on the application process
This section answers some frequently asked questions on Caranua.

Institutions Covered
This will give you more information on Institutions covered.


I don’t really know much about what happened in institutions in Ireland. How do I learn more?

We have some information on our website on the history of institutional abuse in Ireland, which you may find useful.

Useful Links

Government Reports
This will give you some information about, and links to, Government reports that have dealt with institutional abuse in Ireland.

This provides details of some books that you may find informative.

Information about Caranua

Caranua is an independent State Body set up to help people who, as children, experienced abuse in institutions in Ireland and have received settlements, Redress Board or Court awards. Find out more about us through the links below.

Timeline of Caranua
This is a timeline of events that gives context to the history behind Caranua