Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Ceisteanna (491, 492)

Joe Costello

Ceist:

512 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of non-Catholic residential institutions included in the schedule of institutions under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002; the religious denominations of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20593/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Joe Costello

Ceist:

525 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of non-Catholic residential institutions included in the schedule of institutions under the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002; the religious denomination of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20682/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 512 and 525 together.

Section 4 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides that for an institution to be eligible to be considered for inclusion in the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002, it must have been subject to inspection or regulation by a public body. Some 128 institutions are listed on the original Schedule to the Act. In November 2004, I signed an order for a further 13 institutions to be added to the Schedule. As the religious ethos of an institution was not part of the criteria prescribed under section 4 of the Act, the Department of Education and Science did not require full details of the religious ethos of all the institutions listed. From records held in the Department, however, it seems that 19 institutions in the Schedule were non-Catholic facilities, of which one was multi-denominational, five had a Protestant ethos and 13 were run by the State.