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May 2016 Blog Posts (23)

My recommendations to caranua for their new guidelines.

Remove Mary Higgins from caranua.

Employ survivors to help survivors.

Burn the current guidelines, put a video of this on website and replace with a simple phone call like this, what can caranua do for you today that would make a real difference in your life. See its real easy to help people if thats your true intention.

Apologise to all survivors for the abuse and discrimination carried out by caranua todate.

Refuse to take your wages from the fund and return to…


Added by micheal on May 31, 2016 at 13:47 — 12 Comments

First draft of our group application to the human rights commission

Be sure to take the time to read this fully and understand the document, i have included what we as a group have discussed both on the forum and via private messages, remember a survivors right to privacy is paramount so if you dont feel comfortable putting your full name to it that is fine it is being sent on behalf of all members here and for survivors everywhere. Be sure to comment if you would like to add anything to the document or you have any issue with its content.…


Added by micheal on May 30, 2016 at 10:17 — 139 Comments

Appling to the Irish human rights commision

Example of irish human rights commission application form and how to fill it out, you can just copy and paste, fill in your own answers and send to

If we want to go to the european commission on human rights, they will expect us to have tried this first.

Application for legal…


Added by micheal on May 29, 2016 at 10:10 — 16 Comments

A challenge for caranua

I first applied to caranua 2 and a half years ago, so i challenge any staff member to come visit me, spend a few days with me and see just what my life is like and then explain to me how 43 million has been spent in our name and yet here i am still waiting, badly in need of medical help amonst other things. Michael

Added by micheal on May 25, 2016 at 19:06 — 2 Comments

Dose of their own medicine

Forward your email and their response to the minister you get no hop, click on link, download form and complain them for breaches of human rights 

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human Rights Council Branch-Complaint Procedure Unit


Caranua are implementing the legislation as laid down by the government the government allowed caranua to set the limits…


Added by Marylou on May 25, 2016 at 18:40 — 51 Comments

Changes coming to caranua,–_june_2016

Wonder whats in store for us this time. Michael

Added by micheal on May 23, 2016 at 17:20 — No Comments

Bethany Home - The Question Of The 2002 Redress Act.

Thne folllowing arrived in my personal Email Account from Derek Linster a Survivor of Bethany Home and Founder of Bethany Home Survivors Group in 1998.
The Question Of The 2002 Redress Act.


Added by Rob Northall on May 22, 2016 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

Staff vacancies at Caranua

Caranua is now recruiting for a number of positions. Mazars will be managing this competition on behalf of Caranua. No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to Caranua.

Caranua is an independent Irish State body working to support the needs of survivors of institutional abuse.  It does this by responding to applications from eligible survivors and providing assistance…


Added by Rob Northall on May 22, 2016 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Caranuas human rights and discrimination abuse

Any survivor who was refused housing support because they live in private rented housing has been discriminated against, the bulk of the fund is spent on housing.

Caranuas payment process which only deals with service providers and refuses to pay the grant to survivors themselves, as they deem us not capable or not trustworthy to handle this ourselves is a breach of our human…


Added by micheal on May 22, 2016 at 0:20 — 2 Comments


The key functions of the RISFB as defined in the Act include:

The payment of grants to former residents in order that they may avail of approved services, which include; mental health services, health and personal social services, educational services and a housing support service. It will also promote understanding, among persons involved in the provision of approved services and publicly available services to former residents, of the effects of abuse on former…


Added by micheal on May 20, 2016 at 14:45 — 4 Comments

A survivors charter for caranua any one interested in putting it together

Hi all caranua has there customer charter, why dont we put together a charter of our own all sign it and send it in to them,

It could include stuff like,

Any possible discrimination arising from guidelines must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

Survivors must be given the same human rights and treated in the same manner as any other group.

Lay persons \ non medical professionals cannot go against the medical advice and direction provided by a medical…


Added by micheal on May 20, 2016 at 12:42 — 9 Comments

Rape of innocents

The experience which will always stay with me are the times when I wet the bed.

We got up early each morning and stood by our beds, while someone examined them to see if they were wet. If you had wet the bed, you had to remain behind to take a cruel and belitting punishment. You would have to have had a very cruel mind to make up such a punishment. These people were sadistic, unpredictable, and malicious and disturbed,in my judgement. You would have to had a very twisted mind to… Continue

Added by Pol o connluain on May 19, 2016 at 8:00 — 22 Comments

Rape of innocents

I remember arriving at St Vincents and seening what looked like to me two enormous dark doors. When I was brought inside and the doors closed the feeling was of total fear of being alone, total abandonment. My first sentence of, 7 years and 10 months. Our only crime was that my Mother had been abondoned by her huaband - my Father.

There must have been one or two good nuns at this place, but it is the the evil and the cruelty that went on that I will always remember. During me time in… Continue

Added by Pol o connluain on May 18, 2016 at 15:25 — 2 Comments

Rape of innoceents

In 1951 on the 19th of June my Sister and I were both committed to industrail Schools by Judge Roideain at Howth D.C.

My sister to Newtown Forbes, and me to St Vincents Boys School, Drogheda.

My sister was nearly six months old and that was the last time I saw her, until I was 54, in 2003.

I was 2years and two months of age.

So here started the imprisonment of two innocent children, my sister for 16 years and a half years and myself for 13 years and… Continue

Added by Pol o connluain on May 18, 2016 at 10:24 — 4 Comments

My latest complaint to caranua

Firstly you discriminate against me, why i wonder, is it because i have a mental health issue, you know discrimination is against the law. You take years to provide me with some token help, heres me telling people that there are some good guys in caranua guess you fooled me David, to refuse a survivor dental work that is so badly needed is a scandal which you guys will have to answer for, you by virtue of your payment process regard us as subhuman again breaching our human rghts, your policy…


Added by micheal on May 17, 2016 at 13:46 — 1 Comment

Refused dental treatment this morning by caranua

Heres me thinking we were getting through to them, bigger fool me, my teeth are in a pretty bad way, so needless to say im pretty upset no reason given just refused, its a low blow. Guess they dontlike itwhen you call them out over there bullshit. Well il keep fighting, ive been doing it since feb 2014 but wow, 

Added by micheal on May 17, 2016 at 12:47 — 8 Comments


Hello fellow prisoners, The latest numbers I see regarding payouts to survivors in the UK are; 6,234.215 to 569 survivors I don't know if that is pounds or euro's as I do not trust my own math, how much does each survivor receive, I get 109,564 that must be wrong as my education stopped at age 14 to be put to work in Glin.

Added by seanie morrison on May 11, 2016 at 17:53 — 35 Comments

Some changes to caranua guidelines after all

Just being going through updated guidelines on caranua, well well well,  now those of us in private rented housing can apply for home improvements, extract from new guidelines

You can apply for housing support no matter what type

of accommodation you live in. It could be a house, an

apartment or a caravan. It doesn’t matter if you own it,

have a mortgage on it or are renting it. It’s your home

and you’re entitled to apply to us for assistance that will



Added by micheal on May 10, 2016 at 0:59 — 3 Comments

Mr Granville Inspector of Industrial Schools for the Department of Education


Added by Rob Northall on May 9, 2016 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Does anyone else have a problem with misinformation

€43 million paid out to survivors it proudly states on caranua website, should it not say, 43 million paid to business's to provide services to survivors as we are not trusted to make these payments ourselves, despite the fact the fund is being overcharged by certain companies and the cost of issuing those fexco vouchers, or the lies one has to come up with if you wish to keep your history private when dealing with service providers. Im sure theres a word for it, 

Added by micheal on May 9, 2016 at 11:06 — 2 Comments

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