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Parliamentary Questions – 15th November 2017

Below are questions asked in the Oireachtas, relating to Caranua and other areas relevant to survivors

Residential Institutions Redress Scheme Eligibility

Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) has never received compensation after years of attending Letterfrack, County Galway industrial school.

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The legacy of abuse against children and young people, whether in residential institutions, in day schools, or in any other setting, is appalling. It is impossible to even imagine what some of these people have gone through. There is a National Counselling Service, run by the Health Service Executive which provides counselling services to those who have been abused in childhood, with priority given to those abused in residential institutional care.   Perhaps, this service may be of assistance.

While there was a redress scheme in place for people who had suffered abuse in a number of scheduled institutions, it is no longer open to new applicants.   The Residential Institutions Redress Amendment Act, 2011 removed the Board’s power to accept late applications received on or after the 17th September 2011.