Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (196)

Michael McGrath

Question:

196. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to the State Claims Agency withdrawing the letters it sent to persons currently suing the State for compensation relating to abuse in national schools, advising that they would be pursued for costs if they were unsuccessful in their actions against the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5382/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The management of child abuse claims against the State was formally delegated to the State Claims Agency by Government Order made in 2005. Following the ECHR ruling in the Louise O'Keeffe case, further legal advice on the full implications of the judgement is being sought, including for outstanding litigation. The State Claims Agency has informed my Department that there are 44 current day school abuse claims on hands. I have asked the State Claims Agency and my Department to review these cases and any other relevant cases. Following this review I will be reporting back to Government.