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Please see below a press release issued  evening 29th March 2017 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. in respect of his appointments to the Board of Caranua for 2017 – 2021

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., today announced appointments to the Board of Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) for 2017 – 2021

Caranua is a Statutory Body with the structure and functions set out in the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, with a 9 member Board which must include 4 former residents. 

The Board of Caranua oversees the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuse.  These survivors have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards.   

The support to be provided will include a range of approved services, including health and personal social services, education and housing services.  To date €97.3m in cash contributions and associated interest have been received and the balance of the €110m is expected to be received by end 2018. 

The Board members are appointed for a four year term of office, commencing on 24 May, 2017.  The positions are not remunerated. 

The Board of Caranua will be composed of the following members: 

Mr David O’Callaghan - Chairperson 


Ordinary Members (former residents of institutions)

Mrs Frances Harrington 

Mr Thomas Cronin

Mr Francis W. Treanor BL  

Dr Mary T. Lodato


Other Ordinary Members

Mr Damian Casey

Mr Thomas Daly

Ms Patricia Carey

Ms Katherine Finn

Mr David O’Callaghan, Mrs Frances Harrington, Ms Katherine Finn, Mr Damian Casey and Mr Thomas Daly have been re-appointed to the Board, all having served one term, or part thereof, on the previous Board.

The Minister welcomed the appointments and wished all members well in the in their important and challenging role. 


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Caranua should be scrapped and set up a proper way to help survivors of institutions. Its like meeting a brick wall trying to deal with them.



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