Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (136)

John Deasy

Question:

136. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reopen the Residential Institutions Redress Board to individual survivors who, due to personal circumstances, were not in a position to pursue a claim at that time. [14436/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Redress Scheme operated by the Residential Institutions Redress Board which was in place for people who had suffered abuse in a number of scheduled institutions had an original closing date of 31st December 2005 but the Board were able to accept applications after that closing date where exceptional circumstances existed. The Board continued to accept late applications until the Residential Institutions Redress (Amendment) Act, 2011 was enacted. This legislation removed the Board’s power to accept late applications received on or after the 17th September 2011.

The Redress Board accepted applications over a 9 year period and there are no plans to re-open the scheme.