Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (145)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

145. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Finance the number of claims settled by the State Claims Agency in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018 relating to historical child sexual abuse; the value of these settlements in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21158/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

The State Claims Agency (SCA) is part of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which is a body under the aegis of the Minister for Finance. The SCA have supplied the information included in this report, and confirmed that it is correct as of 14 May 2018.

This report shows the number of claims finalised between 2008 to date by the SCA in relation to historical child sexual abuse claims as recorded on National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Historical child sexual abuse claims are assumed to be claims with a Date of Incident recorded on NIMS as 2000 or earlier.

With regard to the number of claims settled by the SCA in each year from 2008 to 2018, please see Table 1.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

Total Number of Finalised Claims

79

130

53

85

27

33

7

35

85

39

16

587

Table 1: Finalised historical child sexual abuse claims

With regard to the value of the damages awarded in each year, please see Table 2.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018*

Total (€)

Total (€)

456,250

889,100

715,500

229,828

575,000

0

30,000

221,500

45,000

653,930

0

3,816,108

Table 2: Finalised historical child sexual abuse claims with damages awarded

In a significant number of historic abuse cases, the State has no legal liability to the Plaintiffs and it is not uncommon for such cases to be resolved with no damages payments being made by the State. This accounts for the lack of damages paid in 2013.