The Shame of Ireland
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
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