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Parliamentary Questions – 11 November 2015

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

Indiviudal application

Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway who despite being deemed eligible to apply for a grant for the support of survivors of institutional abuse by Caranua on 11 March 2014, and to whom Caranua confirmed in writing on 10 April 2014 that all documents had been received to process this grant; that despite this Caranua has made no attempt to finalise this payment, or contact this person, despite several telephone calls and letters from both the person and this Deputy’s office regarding this matter; her views that it is unacceptable that former victims of institutional abuse should become victims of institutional neglect in this manner; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan):  Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board, is an independent statutory body established pursuant to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 to oversee the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million, pledged by the religious congregations, to support the needs of survivors of institutional child abuse. The processing of individual applications is a matter for Caranua itself and my officials have requested Caranua to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.