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Parliamentary Questions – 06 May 2014

Below are questions asked by TDs in Dáil Éireann, relating to Caranua

Spend on consultants

Deputy Charlie McConalogue   asked the Minister for Education and Skills   the total amount of money spent to date on consultants and advertising consultants as part of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund; if this money will be taken from the total amount of funds which are being made available for the survivors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [20371/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn):   In accordance with section 30 of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 all expenses and other costs incurred by Caranua, which is the service name of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund, are met from the investment account established by the NTMA and funded from contributions received from religious congregations.

Caranua has advised that its overall provisional spend on consultancies was €160,000 from April 2013 to April 2014, with consultancies in this context referring to work carried out by individuals and companies on behalf of Caranua. Included in these costs are expenditure of €53,698.65 on the design, printing and distribution of 10,000 posters and 100,000 leaflets (including application form Part 1) which were distributed in Ireland, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world to GP surgeries, health services, churches, Irish welfare services, Irish embassies, family resource centres, homeless services, addiction and mental health services, services for older people, survivor services and other relevant services. In addition, a communications company received €15,375.00, including VAT to develop and implement a communications strategy to promote the launch of the application process and develop content of Caranua’s website which