Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection
Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board: Discussion with Chairman Designate
I thank Mr. O'Callaghan for attending today. I thank the previous chairperson, Ms Sylda Langford, for her work and effort and it is disappointing that she had to stand down at this time. With Mr. O'Callaghan's qualifications and experience, he is well placed to make sure that the proper governance, oversight and management is brought to this role. I have no doubt he will be successful in that role and I wish him well. He is eminently qualified for it.
I have a few questions. Will Mr. O'Callaghan elaborate on the overall size of the fund? There is still an amount outstanding in respect of what was committed by the religious organisation and he might update us on that. He indicated that the fund opened for applications a month ago and that approximately 1,000 have been submitted. What number of applications does he estimate will be received? He might indicate the nature of the applications that have been submitted.