Written Answers. - Residential Institutions Redress Board.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

196 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if, and when, he plans to add to the list of residential institutions included in the terms of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002; if he will add Bethany Home to the list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19150/03]

Officials at my Department are consulting with Departments and other interested parties in order to ascertain the eligibility of a number of proposed institutions. On completion of this process the eligible institutions that are identified can then be included in the Schedule of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002.

Bethany Home is one of a number of homes being considered in this regard. It is my intention that an order listing a number of additional institutions will be laid before each of the Houses of the Oireachtas for approval in the autumn.