Further to the meeting today between Department of Education,Department of Social Protection and myself.
The question of the management and future of the fund was discussed in the context of My request that the limit placed on individual applications to the fund should be lifted with immediate effect pending consultation with survivors.
I made 2 requests. Firstly I I called for the dismissal of the CEO of Caranua, Mary Higgins, to help repair some of the hurt and re-abuse caused to myself and other survivors because of her remarks and management of the fund. I outlined the poor treatment we have received at the hands of Caranua and sought her removal from office because it may in some small measure help to heal the hurt caused to us and ensure the fund is administered in a manner that better reflects the objectives of the scheme, particularly the statutory commitment to provide survivors with respect, compassion and to operate it in a transparent and consistent manner.
As I very eloquently articulated, it is critical that as this crucial juncture, with the balance of 30k million remaining to be distributed and in effect at the half way point with the scheme having 2 further years to run, that Survivors be involved in the decisions as to how best to decide the allocation and use of funds that were given for their benefit.
Two major changes were introduced to the scheme without consultation, despite the statutory obligation on Caranua to do so. This has had serious consequences in practical and psychological terms for Survivors, again as I explained. I would like to hear from other survivors I can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org