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Parliamentary Questions – 07 October 2015

Below are questions asked by TDs in Dáil Éireann, relating to Caranua and other areas relevant to survivors

Linden House

Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way she can reconcile her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 1272 of 22 September 2015, that residents at Linden House were not entitled to redress under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund as it was not an educational facility, with her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 150 of 30 September 2015 that her Department funded three teachers in the school

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The question of including Linden Convalescent Home was considered in 2005 as under the terms of the Residential Institutions Redress Act there was provision for additional institutions to be placed on the schedule provided they satisfy section 4 of the Act.   Section 4 states:

“The Minister may by order provide for the insertion in the Schedule of any industrial school, reformatory school orphanage, children’s home, special school which was established for the purpose of providing education services to children with a physical or intellectual disability or a hospital providing medical or psychiatric services to people with a physical or mental disability or mental illness in which children were placed and resident and in respect of which a public body had a regulatory or inspection function”.

As Linden was a convalescent home (not a hospital) it was deemed not eligible under section 4 of the Act and was not included in the schedule.