Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (196)

Robert Troy


196. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if Caranua or another body directly notified or caused to be directly notified in writing, all known survivors of institutional child abuse in relation to their right to apply to Caranua for support with their health, housing and other needs prior to 1 August 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25154/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Section 24 of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 deals with the transfer of personal data from the Residential Institutions Redress Board on survivors. Under Section 24 (2) Caranua can use this information in order to determine whether a person is eligible to make an application to the Board and for no other purpose. Caranua would have acted illegally if it had contacted survivors on an individual basis.

Caranua advertised the August deadline through the placement of adverts in the following papers:

- Irish Sunday Mirror

- Irish Mail on Sunday

- Sunday Business Post

- Sunday Independent

- Sunday Times

- Sunday World

- Irish Sun

- Belfast Telegraph

- Irish News

- Irish Post (UK)

- Irish World (UK)

- Irish Voice (USA)

Caranua also distributed 10,000 posters to organisations that may work with people who may be eligible to apply for support funding for services from the Fund (local health offices, social welfare offices, GPs, post offices, libraries etc), asking them to share this information through their networks,

Where survivors were already in contact with Caranua, they did write to them to inform them of the date of the application deadline and to ask them to share this information with other survivors who may have not yet applied to Caranua.