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Caranua used survivors’ redress funds to pay for offices

Caranua used survivors’ redress funds to pay for offices

Independents4Change TDs ‘inundated’ with complaints about independent State body

Independents4Change TD Catherine Connolly is to move a motion in the Dáil calling for measures, including a review of operations at Caranua, “without delay”.

Independents4Change TD Catherine Connolly is to move a motion in the Dáil calling for measures, including a review of operations at Caranua, “without delay”.

Caranua, the independent State body established to distribute religious funding to survivors of institutional abuse, has been paying for office space despite having told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) it was not.

According to a letter to the PAC, seen by The Irish Times, Caranua paid more than €50,000 in the past year from a fund it manages to enhance abuse survivors’ lives, for office space.

Its chief executive Mary Higgins told the committee last month none of the €110 million pledged by religious orders had so far been spent on accommodation for Caranua.

“We have had rent-free accommodation from 2013 until May this year,” she said.

However, in a letter dated May 10th, Seán Ó Foghlu, secretary general of the Department of Education, told the committee though Caranua had been due to leave its current Office of Public Works-managed accommodation in June 2016, the lease was extended for a year.

The OPW “advised Caranua that they would be levied for a contribution of €106,000 for this lease extension. It is understood that, to date, Caranua has paid half of this levy


In addition, the department said Caranua has not sought the approval of the Minister for its plan to pay almost €820,000 from the survivors’ fund for rent at a new premises, despite a requirement in the governing legislation that it do so.

Parking spaces

According to the OPW, which has sourced the new accommodation, Caranua has “agreed to pay” rent of €272,396 per year – including €9,000 a year for three parking spaces, for the next three years.

According to section 7 (7) of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, which established Caranua: “The board, from time to time as it considers necessary for the performance of its functions and with the approval of the minister, may enter into contracts.”

Asked whether Caranua had sought the Minister’s approval to enter into a contract for new office space, a department spokeswoman, said: “While Caranua has been in regular contact with the department . . . regarding its accommodation and the necessity to move, it has not, at this time, submitted a contract in respect of its accommodation for the proposed new premises.”

The PAC, when Ms Higgins was before it last month, asked that no lease be signed for new premises until cheaper or cost-free accommodations options were explored. It remains unclear whether Caranua has signed a contract for new office space.

In response to a series of questions about the issue, from The Irish Times a spokeswoman said: “Caranua will not be making a comment on this matter.”

The OPW said it was unable to source the information before close of business on Friday.

The ongoing issues surrounding management of Caranua come as survivors continue to contact The Irish Times about feeling mistreated and “re-abused” in their interactions with the organisation.

Independents4Change TDs Clare Daly and Catherine Connolly say they are “inundated” with complaints about the body.

On Wednesday, Ms Connolly will move a motion in Dáil private members’ time on the issue, calling for measures including a review of operations at the organisation “without delay”, and negotiations between the department and the OPW to find accommodation that will not incur a cost to the survivors’ fund.

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Comment by jack colleton on May 30, 2017 at 16:08
Comment by jack colleton on June 28, 2017 at 23:12
Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 4, 2017 at 16:29

Caranua, and the  Roman Catholic Church, All Funded Groups , All Money's made from the sale of property's   you have No right to  That  is stealing  from those who Slaved for it .That Money  Belong's to the Children who were Incarcerated in Child Prison Hard Labour Camps who were forced  to  work so  hard that many Grown Men would find Impossible ,the children were  Constantly Beaten  to carry on Working even if they were not in good Health  The Roman Catholic Church Made a FORTUNE from the Horrible suffering of Irish Children who were forced  to work in The Rosary Bead Factory,  Shoe Factory , Farm's, sewing Clothes for Africa , Sold to Farmers to as Slave Labour without any Pay or a place to sleep , Sold to Rich people to Slave in their Big Houses without any Pay all the money the survivors should have earned was handed over to the Church the children got Nothing only Abuse , Caranua is just another Business robbing from the Vulnerable to pay themselves big Wages They are treating Survivors like Fools Which we are Not. You are all Mindless Vultures ,

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 4, 2017 at 16:32

Who the Hell is Mary Higgins never heard of her Don't they creep out of the Woodwork.

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on July 4, 2017 at 16:37

Not one  person from any  of those Groups or So called services for survivors who have been getting funding  ever got back to me about my Missing Sister Not a Word or letter it's 2017 I first asked all of them 1998, May as well ask the Wall for they are all as Deaf. 

Comment by jack colleton on July 4, 2017 at 17:29

Information = Evidence

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