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I spent 2 years of my life trying to stop the Government setting this up!

Their original Guidelines could have paid for a Scan and an Operation if required!

It was always the responsiveness issue that was my main bug bear about the whole thing!

Survivors in Crisis cannot wait and shouldn't have to go cap in hand to the abusers!

Abuse survivor says scheme to enable victims is ‘disabling people’

David Dineen decided to speak out ‘for other victims of Caranua who do not have a voice’

about 21 hours ago

Kitty Holland

David Dineen: In 2002, his childhood abuse was recognised at the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

As a child, David Dineen (46) experienced “savage sexual abuse,” and beatings in a Brothers of Charity institution in Cork. He left, aged 15, and spent spells homeless and involved in drugs and crime. He found it difficult to form lasting relationships.

He has spent his adult life recovering from and coming to terms with his childhood.

“And then along came Caranua,” he says. “They caused me so much distress, in the end, last September, I had to pull away from them for my mental health.”

Caranua is the independent body established under the the 2012 Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act to manage €110 million pledged by religious congregations to enhance survivors’ lives.

In 2002, David’s childhood abuse was recognised at the Residential Institutions Redress Board, and he was made an award of €50,000.

In December 2014, when he lost power in his body, doctors suspected multiple sclerosis. He needed an “urgent brain scan”. Though deteriorating he was told he could be up to 18 months on the public waiting list.

“I’d had physiotherapy, counselling and dental work so they said I had reached my limit. I had to borrow €2,000 to pay for it.”

He was diagnosed with syringomyelia, a condition where a cyst had developed inside his spine, causing extreme pain and loss of power in his legs. As the cyst elongated it began to destroy David’s spinal cord and nervous system, causing incontinence and extreme fatigue.

“I went downhill during 2015. I was hunched over on crutches. . . I needed a wheelchair. The HSE had given me a standard chair but with muscle weakness I couldn’t push it. I was a prisoner at home.

“I got measured for an electric chair, and got a quote of €2,200. I sent it to Caranua and they refused it. Eventually I raised €400 with a GoFundMe campaign and bought this chair. It’s totally unsuitable but it’s better than the crutches.”


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2 Years of being ignored off trying to stop Caranua being set up

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We Were Always Punished For Complaining About Our Treatment = Abuse

Jack their is help out their to deal with the way Caranua are treating people.

Is There Daniel?  

David its totaly wrong for them to treat you like that. Did you not get on to anyone about it.

Caranua scum, Higgins should be removed from caranua her comments in the times repulsive, deluded, disgusting. To treat us like this is criminal, may she burn in hell along with her church buddies.
Daniel where is this help, I'm waiting on an appeal outcome for ten months now
Fair play to David for stepping into the spotlight, it's a brave thing to do, ffs how could they refuse you I'm so fuckin furious right now.

Refusal Of All That Is Right And Good Appears To Be The Ethos Of This Government Organisation.

Typical Examples Being: -

Refusal Of Human Rights

Refusal Of Access To Justice

Michael  Delay Delay Delay Seems To The Name Of The Game! 

Michael I only joined up here earlier on tonight. Am the spouse of a survivor my wife Nora. I was on to Vlair Dailys office last week. They told me to complain to Caranua and write to the minister of education which I did, but after seeing all the comments on here I can see its like being up against a brick wall. I am going to keep after a few TD's, I have to keep fighting for Nora. She is so upset over the whole thing. Its a bloody disgrace that David was refused that wheelchair. What chance has anyone after that also its wrong that those people are paid out of the survivors funds.
A brick wall is right, Higgins is a church lackey. How can someone who works for the church be the CEO of caranua the same person who sends caranua funds to a church Ltd company and yet refuses the very people who were abused by the church, now am I losing my mind or those that stink of corruption. Daniel m8 I know exactly what you are going through and my heart goes out to you and your wife.
Jack very true.



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