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Reply I received from Mary Higgins, when asked about the spend in restaurants and hotels. You put a cap on or claims yet ye spend what ye want on yer selfs, shame on ye

Started this discussion. Last reply by micheal Jul 4. 8 Replies

Dear Mr PowerThank you for your comments, I understand how that could make you angry but nothing of the Fund has been spent except in keeping with Board policy and that of the Government. The key…Continue

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Reply I got from Mary, but she forgot to say your only allowed to spend €2000 on household goods,

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 15:43 12 Comments

Dear Mr Power



Thank you for your feedback, which you know is always welcome.



To answer your questions:



Under the new arrangements we offer household goods, not just white goods

We aim to address the needs of each individual so it is always going to be the case that people may be treated differently, but within the general rules of the scheme. I take your point that some people have received high value assistance from Caranua and that this will not be the… Continue

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At 15:29 on May 31, 2016, jack colleton said…

Welcome Michael!

At 18:49 on May 31, 2016, Michael power said…
Reply from Mary Higgins
Please accept my apologies, it appears that this was not replied to.

You may be right about all of these things, but we have to operate under the legislation. If you have complaints about the legislation they will need to be addressed to the Minister.

The specific answers are that we cannot provide support to someone who is not eligible to apply to us, so we cannot provide something that is for your child, because he is not an eligible applicant. A fitted kitchen might conceivably be covered under housing but it isn’t and yes, paying for a wedding could well improve someone’s health and wellbeing but it is not covered by the Guidelines.

I hope this answers your questions. Please do contact Stephanie about your application.

Yours sincerely




Mary Higgins
Chief Executive Officer
At 19:10 on May 31, 2016, micheal said…

They are ignoring terminaly ill survivors, refusing survivors recommended medical care, and stomping all over survivors human rights, tell king Mary put that one in her pipe and smoke it while she banks survivors money to her own bank account. Michael

At 15:11 on June 1, 2016, Elizabeth Nicholas said…

the last minister did not want to know about caranua or change Legislation even though the Irish Government set it up so who do we ask for help now to change Legislation does anyone in the Government or caranua really care about us.

At 12:50 on June 2, 2016, Michael power said…
Reply I got from last Minister; Dear Mr. Power,

The Minister for Education and Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD has asked me to refer again to your recent e-mail in relation to your application to Caranua - the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.

The Minister has asked me to explain that Caranua 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. Eligibility to receive support from Caranua is restricted to those 15,000 former residents who have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent Court awards. The 2012 Act does not provide for the eligibility of relatives of survivors of abuse to receive support from Caranua. This approach was taken having regard to the maximum funds available and the potential pool of applicants.

The Minister has also asked me to point out that the 2012 Act sets out the classes of services from which approved services can be determined by Caranua. These classes of services are mental health services, health and personal social services and education and housing services. It is a matter for Caranua to determine the criteria by reference to which it will make decisions on applications. The Minister has no role in relation to the determination of criteria or application guidelines approved by Caranua nor does she have a role in relation to the organisation’s day to day operations including the processing of applications and decisions on individual applications.

The Minister trusts that this information will be of assistance to you.


Yours sincerely,



Sean Tansey
Private Secretary
At 13:18 on June 2, 2016, micheal said…

If they really want to get max from the fund return their very large wages which they have taken from the fund, we are fighting a cause here for homeless survivors with mental health issues, survivors with medical needs survivors who have little to nothing while millions are pocketed in wages,  so i ask you in stead of pasting responses what are your views on these issues.

At 23:02 on June 2, 2016, Michael power said…
I think they should be looking into survivors needs and see how they can really help them, not setting creitera what they can and can't get,
At 23:25 on June 2, 2016, micheal said…

Exactly how would they know what a survivor needs, despite what there telling the media, there leaving homeless survivors with mental health issues on the street, over riding medical recommendations to deny survivors treatment,  so they do not have survivors best interests at heart. 

At 0:00 on June 3, 2016, Mark said…

I have a bad feeling that the new guidelines will even harder on us lads higgins head just burys itself deeper in the sand

At 8:49 on June 3, 2016, Michael power said…
They should be meeting us face to face, so we can explain or needs, they could role it out to the community welfare officers and I wouldn't cost them a penny, what happens this 110 million if it not claimed, who pocket does it go into, is that why there making it so hard for people

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