Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (278)

David Cullinane


278. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the compensation scheme established four years ago for persons abused as children in day schools; the number of applications made; the number that have received compensation to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45446/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Since the ex gratia scheme was established in July 2015, a total of 50 applications were received.

Payments are being made to a number of victims of child sexual abuse in day schools on foot of the assessments made by the Independent Assessor to the ex gratia scheme, Mr. Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill.

The current position is that sixteen offers of payment have been made and, to date, eight have been accepted.

In response to the assessor's determinations my Department, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, is examining the ex gratia scheme.

The review is progressing but is not yet complete.