The Shame of Ireland
Sunday 10 July 2016 15.18
A detailed breakdown of multi-million euro payments to legal firms as well as payments to members of the Residential Institutions Redress Board have been published for the first time.
Set up on 16 December 2002, the board's aim was to hear evidence from people who were abused while they were children living in institutions run by a number of religious orders. Rather than face the difficult route of taking High Court actions, the Residential Institution Redress Board members would hear the victims in a non-adversarial environment and make an offer of financial compensation.
Around 15,500 people have taken claims seeking redress.
On average they have secured compensation of around €62,000.
The single largest payment was just over €300,000.
In total, nearly €1bn has been awarded in compensation.
The board has also paid legal fees to firms who assisted victims in taking their case.
Nearly one thousand firms have received a total of around €200m.
A detailed breakdown of the figures by RTÉ News has revealed the top ten legal firms involved:
The ten firms and the Law Society were contacted to see if they wanted to comment.
Three firms replied: Hanahoe Solicitors, Tracey Solicitors and Matthew Gold.
In a detailed response, Hanahoe Solicitors pointed out that as well as the its own fees, the payments also covered thousands of medical and expert reports as well as witnesses, barristers’ fees and court costs.
All three firms pointed out that the costs were approved by the board and were examined by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
For the first time, the Residential Institutions Redress Board also released to RTÉ News the details of the payments made to its members since they joined.
When it was estimated the cost of the scheme would be around €300-400m, an agreement was reached between the then government and the Conference of Religious in Ireland.
In 2002, it was agreed that 61 properties would be transferred from the orders to the State or social organisations in addition to some cash.
The latest figures show that 14 years later 14 properties have still to be transferred from the religious orders.
A subsequent request was also made by the previous government to the orders to increase their contributions.
While some has been forthcoming, it is still far short of the €700m that would equate to the orders and the State paying an equal share of the costs involved.
Pretty obvious who the BIG winners were at the Redress Board!
hello Rob, the Solicitors and the other Professionals were laughing all the way to the bank.
"Redress Board members would hear the victims in a non-adversarial environment"
That's Utter BULLSHIT
so why was certain people who ran so called services for survivors allowed into the redress board rooms who appeared to be expecting and waiting for a survivor who had only flown into Dublin from England after 40 years to intimidate her and shout at her,and Bully her leaving the returning survivor even more traumatised , This was allowed , where was the supposed security ??? It was all a nasty setup ,
Can These Law Firms Not Now Give Something Back To Survivors Who Have Not Had Justice ... Outstanding Issues?
I went to the Aislinn Centre on a 1st visit back to Ireland after hearing about it from a total stranger on the Ferry who happened to be talking about the Abuses in the Industrial schools he mentioned a certain school so I went to the centre for Info I was told by the person running it that certain Solicitor friends of hers have offered to take cases on for Nothing it would not cost me a Euro because they felt shocked and wanted to help the survivors .so I went there to see them ,which was a huge mistake I feel used and lied to, I was spending a fortune on Flights ,Taxi's and Hotels every time I went to see them ,I suffered further awful abuses which I will write about I will close this chapter saying survivors of Sadistic Abuses have all been Used Abused Robbed again, None got Justice at all, >> except the chosen few who were given funding to run so called services for the survivors BUT went laughing all the way to their Banks along with their Friends the Solicitors especially ONE> in Dublin.
I would love to know just who were the people sitting on the Redress Board and how much they paid themselves ,was there any Nun's or Priests ?? For I hear survivors came away suffering from further abuse they felt Bullied ,that led to Depression , Heart Attacks, Suicide .Do not forget the Children worked hard labour in those Industrial schools as Slaves say they were forced to make 600 Rosary Beads ,knitting Jumpers and socks for export, Glewing brown paper bags for outside shops they slaved day in day out every day for years and do all the Laundry for the schools ,Convents, and Hotels, including scrubbing and Polishing all the building ,making Boot's ,Shoes, Farm work, and a lot more beside .as well as been Starved ,Neglected ,Beaten ,Whip'd, Raped ,Sexually abused, So how can the Corrupt politicians work out that Payouts from 5 Euros to 63 is supposed to compensate the Slaves for years of hard Work payouts that would not even pay for one days wages for all the work for all those years of working for the Church making them and the State wealthy The Inmates slavery ( who were children) allowed he Church to buy up huge amounts of Property all over Ireland and abroad and the same goes for the Bent Politicians and their Lawyers . They all Danced with the Devil and will dance with him again one day.
and Mrs Mizon, don't forget . she got paid unless she was an Angel who did it out of Love and Caring , >I don't think.
why were those on the redress board to throw insults at the survivor who was already very Nervous and alone ,