Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (427)

Olwyn Enright


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.