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As a Result of a recent freedom of Information request that was successfully appealed against Caranua and a question asked by Clare Daly TD in written Question to the then Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan on Wednesday, 6 April 2016
667. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amounts paid under the Caranua scheme; and the range of awards in terms of the amounts paid to single persons.
A Secret meeting was held between Mary Higgins and 2 Others Representing Caranua and Employed Staff of Right of Place and the Aislinn Centre was also attended by the Secretary and Chairman of wholly Voluntary Alliance Support Group.
At this meeting it was Revealed that Caranua Now Intends to Cap Payment to Survivors of the Barbaric Irish Industrial Schools.
They also are in the process of issuing New Guidelines of what they will help with. When these are published every applicant that has already applied and not been processed will have to reapply on the New Forms.
This of itsself incurs Extra Administration and Delay for an Ageing Disadvantaged Population not to mention the disappoint of being delayed many Survivors a literacy Problems an Form filing is an embarrassing and arduous task.
Survivors were promised a full review of Caranua by his Department after 2 years of Operation Mary Higgins has taken this upon herself usurping the Minister for Education
Many Survivors have felt stigmatised by having to ask for written quotes as Caranua only Pay by Cheque and written quotes must be supplied.
The recent Freedom of Information Request Revealed that one individual had received in excess of 100,000 Euros. Capping Applicant means that sums like this will be no longer available, meaning that life changing Surgery would no longer be available!
The Minister for Education Rauri Quinn ignored his own departments consultation process whilst setting up the Statutory Trust Fund and both Labour and Fine Gael Chip Whip's refused to allow a free vote on the subsequent bill!
The highly controversial Mary Higgins was appointed CEO. From 2010 to 2013 Mary Higgins worked for the Catholic Church under the Guise of the St Stephen Green Trust. In 2013 she was appointed CEO of Caranua. 35 other well qualified candidates were rejected.
St Stephen Green Trust is an Ultra Right Wing Catholic Organisation its one of its funders having historic links with Nazi Germany and Herman Goering.
Industrial School Survivor's were Shocked and appalled to see themselves being branded Drunken, Drug Using , Promiscuous, Criminals!
In 2014, Mary Higgins entered into a contract with the Catholic Church company, "Towards Healing" on behalf of Caranua as far as I am Aware this Contract Subsidising a Service Funded by the Catholic Church for Survivors of Church Abuse using Survivors Money has NOT been Approved by the Caranua Board! She has already paid out over €100,000 illegally!
This in effect give the Church Funding from Caranua back to the Church, when the Trust has been established with the express remit of not replicating Services!
This isn't the first time Mary Higgins has broken the Law (Statue) that defines Caranua! Survivors are asking for her immediate Removal and a Suspension of the Fund so they may be consulted properly!
By the end of April 2016 Caranua had made payments of €46,853,051 w...110 million” the Church promised” They have made payment to only 3,097 of the 15,000 eligible to access the fund.
Caranua is Haemorrhaging Funds at an alarming rate and will not be able to assist the very people it was set up to!
They are also in the process of recruiting extra staff leaving less for survivors.
Caranua have undertaken no Client Based Feedback instead they introduced Caranua Unacceptable Actions Policy where Survivors can be blacklisted for ringing too many time to ask about their application; amongst other things!
Survivors Website the “Shame of Ireland”has put up their first Survey about Caranua and anyone who has had experience of Caranua can add their feed back at this Anonymous Survey
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