Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Department of Education and Skills
Residential Institutions Statutory Fund
136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the introduction of a €15,000 cap on applications to the residential institutions statutory fund; if his attention has been further drawn to any assessment that has been carried out to justify the new limits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32655/16]
As I have explained to the Deputy in reply to previous Parliamentary Questions, Caranua - the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund - is an independent statutory body established pursuant to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 to oversee the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million, pledged by the religious congregations, to support the needs of survivors of institutional child abuse. Section 9 of the 2012 Act gives the Board of Caranua the power to determine the criteria by reference to which decisions may be made in respect of applications - this includes the power to apply limits to the moneys that may be made available for an arrangement for the provision of support to a former resident or to pay a grant to a former resident. I have no role in relation to the determination of criteria by Caranua.