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Section 1: What is the RISF and how does it work? First Update From the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund(RISF) September 2013

First Update From the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund(RISF) September 2013

Section 1: What is the RISF and how does it work?

What is the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (RISF)?  

The Fund has been established by legislation to use money pledged by 

religious congregations to provide assistance to former residents so that 

their current needs can be met and their quality of life improved.   

 

 

 

Where can I find the legislation? 

The legislation can be found online at 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2012/en/act/pub/0035/index.html  , 

or through our website www.risfboard.com 

 

What is the management structure of RISF? 

RISF has a Board and staff and a strong relationship with the Minister 

for Education and Skills. The Minister sets the boundaries of the 

legislation, appoints the Board, advises the Board and approves its 

proposals. The Board sets strategy and hold the staff to account. Staff 

implements Board decisions. The CEO attends all Board meetings but is 

not a member of the Board.  

 

Do members of the Board get paid? 

No the positions are unpaid. Expenses incurred in traveling to meetings 

are paid according to Department of Finance rules.  

 

Will members of the Board see my application?  

No, decisions will be made by staff, not the Board. All applicants can be 

assured of the strictest confidence. 

 

Don't you already know who is eligible?  

Yes, we have been given the name, address and date of birth of the 

people who received awards through the Redress Board and are eligible 

to apply to us.  This information will be used by us to check who we can 

help.   It cannot be used to contact anyone directly 

 

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