Thursday, 28 October 2010
Department of Education and Science
Residential Institutions Redress Scheme
Question 6: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of the 895 rejected applications to the Residential Institutions Redress Board that were refused because the institution in which the applicant was resident was not listed on Schedule A of the governing legislation; if this information is available; if she will provide a break-down of the annual figures and the number of applications that were rejected each year for this same reason [39505/10]
Question 12: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills further to parliamentary Question No. 141 of 19 October 2010, the number of persons who were refused redress by the Residential Institution Redress Board each year for the past seven years because they were not residents of institutions listed under Schedule A of the governing legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39555/10]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 12 together.
While my Department is aware of the total number of applicants to the Residential Institutions Redress Board whose applications were unsuccessful, it does not have a breakdown indicating numbers who were unsuccessful on the basis that they had not been resident in a scheduled institution.
My Department has contacted the Board in relation to the Deputy's question and I understand that the records are not maintained in such a format as to allow this information to be readily accessed. I further understand that the retrieval and examination of such records would be a costly and labour intensive exercise for the Board. However, I would like to draw the Deputy's attention to the Newsletters which appear on the Board's website - www.rirb.ie - and which provide regular updates in relation to the application and award process. The July 2010 edition of the Newsletter states that "by and large applications have been refused as, on the face of the documentation, the application was outside the Board's terms of reference as laid down in the 2002 Act. In other words, the applications did not relate to residential institutions as defined in the Act."