Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (427)

Olwyn Enright

Question:

542 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science the steps taken to identify additional institutions which meet the criteria set down in the Residential Institutions Redress Bill 2002; when he proposes to exercise his power under section 4 of the Bill to place any such additional institutions by ministerial order on the Schedule; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2087/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

At present 128 institutions are listed on the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Act. Section 4 of the Act enables additional institutions that are identified as reformatory schools, industrial schools, orphanages, children's homes and special schools, in respect of which a public body had a regulatory or inspection function, to be added to the Schedule.

My Department has received correspondence from both individuals and survivor groups identifying a number of additional institutions that may be eligible for inclusion in the Schedule. Discussions have taken place between my Department and other Departments that may have provided a regulatory function in the operation of these facilities in order to ascertain whether these institutions are eligible for inclusion. It is my intention that a list of additional institutions will be brought before both Houses of the Oireachtas as soon as the verification process is completed.