Written answers

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Department of Education and Skills

Residential Institutions

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin North, United Left)
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462. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that have been expended to date by Caranua and under which headings; and the number of persons that received payment, including administrative costs. [3571/15]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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Caranua is an independent statutory body established pursuant to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012. Caranua provides regular updates on its website (www.caranua.ie) in regard to the number of applications received and related matters. I understand that by 31st December 2014, Caranua had made payments worth €8,935,624 to 1,062 persons who had applied to it. That total amount is broken down under the following headings: Housing €6.42m, Heath €2.16m and Education €0.35m. I understand also that administrative costs associated with the running of the organisation in 2014 amounted to just over €1m. I should point out that all of these figures are provisional and are unaudited. In accordance with the relevant legislative provisions, Caranua's audited annual accounts will be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas in the normal manner.


Barbara K
Posted on 4 Feb 2015 2:17 pm (Report this comment)

Survivors have tried to have a meeting with Minister Jan O' Sullivan to no avail! We have requested a meeting with a group of Survivors so we can voice our ISSUES with the Caranua program. As Caranua was developed for the survivors and because most if not all are already entitled to these services offered either by age, medical card or through social circumstance the Caranua program IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE. Minister Quinn, did say he would review the program in 2015, a review is needed with URGENCY NOW! We need to have a full account from the Minister as to what is happening to our SURVIVORS MONEY AND BECASUE ITS OUR MONEY WE NEED TO BE KEPT INFORMAED OF SPENDING. We would like to know from the Minister about the interest on the 110 Million and where it is being banked, also where the rental income from properties given to survivors by the religious is being banked on our behalf , and what is happening to the original 110 Million. Many Survivors are being refused help or its taking 18+ months to have anyone help with claims.

If the Minister cannot account for all of the spending from the Caranua program, maybe the Board of Directors need to be asked these questions by the Public Account Committee.

Thank you,

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