Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (265)

Catherine Connolly


265. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will meet formally with the chief executive officer and chairperson of Caranua before the organisation closes down at the end of August 2019; if staff working within Caranua will be redeployed within the Civil Service when it finishes its term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27780/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund, ceased to accept applications on 1 August 2018 and I understand that it expects to have substantially completed the processing of remaining applications and associated payments to or on behalf of former residents by August/September of this year. The organisation will commence its wind down at that stage and will be dissolved when it has completed the performance of its functions. Legislation will be required for its formal dissolution.

All of Caranua's current staff are employed by the organisation on a contract basis and they are not civil servants. Accordingly, the issue of redeployment within the civil service does not arise.

The Chair of Caranua has invited me to attend a meeting of the Board of the organisation and I am giving consideration to this request. Senior officials of my Department meet with the Chair and CEO of Caranua on a regular structured basis to discuss a range of relevant matters.