Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (95)

Eoin Ó Broin

Ceist:

95. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount to be paid by each religious institution into the residential institutional redress board scheme in tabular form; and the amount paid to date by each religious institution. [49529/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The 18 religious congregations involved in the management of most of the residential institutions in which child abuse took place have made contributions towards the costs incurred by the State in responding to that abuse under two rounds: the legally binging 2002 Indemnity Agreement and the voluntary offers made in 2009 in the aftermath of the publication of the report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the “Ryan Report”).

While the total cost of the State’s response will be in the region of €1.5 billion, the amounts offered by congregations total €480.6 million. To date contributions amounting to some €236 million have been made, in the form of cash, counselling and property transfers.

Some €125 million of the €128 million provided for under the 2002 Indemnity Agreement has been contributed with the transfer of two properties remaining to be fully completed. The cash and counselling contributions received under the Agreement, amounting to some €65 million, were made on a collective basis and accordingly it is not possible to identify the amounts paid by individual congregations.

The offers made in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report included cash and properties and were valued by the congregations at €352.6 million. However, when account is taken of offers not accepted and changes in the valuation of properties previously offered and the value of properties offered but not being reckoned as a contribution are taken into account, the total value of the voluntary offers achievable will be lower than the amount of €352.6 million offered. The Religious Sisters of Charity has advised that it was waiving its claim for legal costs from the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA) and offsetting this claim against the remaining cash contribution of €3m. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate has advised that it did not seek legal costs from CICA while the Presentation Brothers has refunded its CICA legal costs of €600,000.

Some €111 million of the €352.6 million offered has been received to date, including €108.4 million in cash together with added interest, and properties valued at €2.8 million. Valuations in respect of a number of properties that have fully transferred have yet to be received. The €108.4 million in cash has been contributed by 15 congregations. A final cash payment of €2 million is expected to be received from the Congregation of Christian Brothers in December 2019, while an additional contribution of €1 million is expected to be received from the Presentation Brothers in 2020/2021. The following table summarises the position in regard to cash contributions.

Finally, my Department provides regular updates to Dáil Éireann’s Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) in regard to contribution from religious congregation. The most recent update was provided in October 2019 and may be accessed on my Department’s website and on that of the PAC.

Cash amounts offered by religious congregations on a voluntary basis in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report including additional contributions offered (adjusted to reflect certain offers not accepted, legal costs not claimed, etc.). Position at 27 November 2019.

Congregation

Cash Received to date

Cash

Outstanding

Note

Brothers of Charity

€1.5m

Christian Brothers

€28m

€2m

Balance due December 2019

Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

€9.95m

Daughters of the Heart of Mary

€1.5m

De La Salle Brothers

€1m

Dominican Order

€6.5m

Oblates of Mary Immaculate

€20m

Hospitaller Order of St John of God

€1m

Presentation Brothers

€3.6m

€1m

Balance due 2020 & 2021

Presentation Sisters

€4m

Sisters of Charity

€2m

Sisters of Our Lady of Charity

€1.5m

Sisters of St Clare

€1m

Sisters of St. Louis

€1m

Sisters of Mercy

€25.88m

Additional cash contributions may be received following property disposals

Total

€108.43m

€3.0m