Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (195)

Robert Troy


195. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount remaining in the fund allocated to Caranua for supporting survivors of institutional child abuse with their health, housing and other needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25153/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under Section 29 of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 contributions from religious congregations towards Caranua are capped at €110 million plus any additional interest accrued or added to contributions. To date, a total of €105 million, comprising contributions of some €103.6 million plus added interest of €1.382 million, has been received by my Department and made available to Caranua. Accordingly, a further €6.4 million in cash contributions is required to achieve the capped amount of €110 million.

A substantial cash contribution remains outstanding from the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Completion of this contribution will ensure that the entirety of the €110 million provided for in the legislation will have been received. My officials are actively engaging with the Congregation in regard to this contribution.

Caranua publishes regular updates on its website (www.caranua.ie) regarding expenditure, applications, etc. The most recent update shows that to end April 2019, Caranua had expended some €85 million on supports and services and that it had open applications on hands from 1,882 former residents. Administration costs have also been incurred.