Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Sandra McLellan (Cork East, Sinn Fein)
Question 207: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is still determined to set up a trust fund for the survivors of institutional abuse; when the trust fund will be put in place; if his attention has been drawn to the survivors’ objection to the trust fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9339/12]
Ruairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
I am committed to establishing the proposed Statutory Fund for survivors of institutional abuse and as work on the drafting of the Bill is at an advanced stage, I hope to be in a position to publish the Bill in the coming weeks.
I am aware that some former residents advocated a simple distribution of the available money rather than the establishment of the Statutory Fund. However, as I outlined when I published the legislative proposals, I believe that the Fund should target resources at services to support former residents’ needs. The General Scheme provides for approved services to include, counselling, psychological support services and mental health services together with such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine.