Caranua Timeline

Dec 2017

4,959 people confirmed eligible and €66.8 million in funding supports allocated to date.

Mar 2018

The Board of Caranua announced that survivors eligible to apply to Caranua contact the organisation by Wednesday 1st August 2018 as application received after that date could not be processed

The Board of Caranua made this decision taking into account the Department’s Review, the expenditure to date and the estimation of future possible expenditure of the limited fund provided to Caranua to support survivors.

In 2018 Caranua introduced facilities for one to one meetings with survivors in our offices, 48 survivors availed of this facility. In November 2018 Caranua held an outreach day with deaf survivors at the offices of the Cork Deaf Association. Three outreach days were also facilitated in partnership with Right of Place Second Chance in their offices in Cork, Limerick and Waterford. Two outreach days for survivors were supported by the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support at their offices and at Caranua’s offices in 2018.

Nov 2018

Caranua appears before the Oireachtas Education Committee

Dec 2018

5,971 people confirmed eligible and €80.6 million in funding supports allocated to date.

May 2019

‘Facing the future together’ conference takes place in Trinity College Dublin to mark the 20th anniversary of the State apology to the survivors of institutional abuse and the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Commission to inquire into child abuse ‘the Ryan Report’.

Caranua, was invited to join the organising committee by the Christine Buckley Centre, the other organisations included Right of Place Second Chance, Towards Healing, Barnardos Origins, HSE National Counselling service. A commemoration event followed in the Pro-Cathedral Dublin where survivors gathered in an event of remembrance.

Jul 2019

High Court judgement ‘v’ independent Appeals Officer. Mr Justice Garrett Simons found that the Board of Caranua ‘has an express statutory discretion to amend or revoke any criteria previously determined by it.

Thus, the Board’s decision to publish revised guidelines in June 2016, setting out amended criteria (which included the introduction of the monetary limit of €15,000) was lawfully made under the legislation’. He also found that ‘the administration of a finite fund will necessitate the making of decisions as to what is the most equitable basis for the allocation of the fund’.

Aug 2019

On Friday 2nd August the Minister for Education and Skills published a research report that looks at how to plan for and develop future survivor led consultation talks.

Caranua CEO Rachel Downes met with the facilitators to discuss Amongst the issues highlighted in the report are the increased health needs of an aging population, concerns about adequate and suitable housing, social supports to counteract social isolation and the need to make services easier to access.

Report published by facilitators on consultation process

Oct 2019

Caranua invited to appear before the Committee of Public Accounts. The Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Services, Director of Finance and Corporate Governance and Head of Communications and Engagement attended along with officials from the Residential Institutions Support Unit at the Department of Education and Skills.

Prison Outreach: At the commencement of this project, Caranua identified 51 open applications from survivors who were in prison. In 2019 Caranua visited 26 survivors in prison and seven survivors in prison in 2020, the prisons included are Portlaoise Prison, Midlands Prison, Mountjoy Prison, Arbour Hill Prison, Wheatfield Prison, Castlerea Prison, the Dochas Centre, Cloverhill Prison and Cork Prison.

Dec 2019

6,121 people had been confirmed eligible to apply to Caranua and €92.5 million in funding supports have been allocated to date.

Jan 2020

review of all previous applications and post-cessation applications

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