Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (89)

Micheál Martin


89. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to compensate victims of sexual abuse in day schools in view of the findings of the report of a person (details supplied) published in July 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37967/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Compensation payments are being made to a number of victims of child sexual abuse in day schools on foot of the assessments made by the person referred to by the Deputy. The current position is that sixteen offers of payment have been made and, to date, seven have been accepted.   I am hopeful that the remaining applicants would also accept a payment from the existing scheme.

The existing scheme of compensation, the Ex Gratia Scheme, is currently being reviewed by my Department.