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No Permission
Broadsheet at 1:40 pm July 4, 2017

Mary Higgins, of Caranua
Ellen Coyne, in today’s Times Ireland edition, reports:

Caranua spent hundreds of thousands of euros from a fund for survivors of institutional abuse without permission, the Department of Education has confirmed.

Mary Higgins, the chief executive of Caranua, had suggested that figures relating to the contracts were not “up to date” after The Times reported them.

Yesterday a spokesman for the department said that The Times story was accurate. “There was no issue with the original information,” he said.

Caranua administers a €110 million fund set up to pay for the health, housing and educational needs of survivors. The state agency’s only function is to divide the money between applicants and its own administrative costs also come from the fund.

… There is no record of the Department of Education approving any spending for Caranua for the past two years despite some board members saying that lists of administrative contracts about to be entered into were discussed at meetings in the past 24 months.

In an interview last month on Newstalk Ms Higgins rejected criticism of her agency spending money without permission and claimed that the department records were not up to date.

Caranua spent funds without permission, officials confirm (The Time...

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Comment by daniel . on January 28, 2018 at 7:27

Absolutely disgraceful whats going on with Caranua. So dose Mary Higgins just walk away with a clap on the back from the government.  My wife whos a survivor cannot get an easy access shower done as they wont fund it, then I read this,makes me so angry. 

Comment by shep on January 28, 2018 at 9:04


Not sure where you live, all co co have funds for easy access, sned me you emaill.

I have a lot of info on this.

Comment by shep on January 28, 2018 at 9:33

Finally the wall is breached, and former staff are talking, about f *****g time. 

Comment by daniel . on January 28, 2018 at 9:37

Shep tried to email you but it said email failed as email address dose not exist

Comment by daniel . on January 28, 2018 at 9:39

Shep my email is 

Comment by pauline jackson on January 28, 2018 at 11:29

ay were given a lot of money but without knowing how to use it fairly. This is very clear as some needs are ignored and others got thousands of euros. Its more than some got from the redress board.And now we are told that we should claim only what thay decide.All these so called support groups have done this.

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