The Shame of Ireland
I have been email a link to this Report of the Meeting with the Minister for Education and Skills
Written by Micheal J Walsh Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:49
Meeting with Minister re: Statutory Trust Fund
The opening segment of the meeting was an address by Minister Quinn, to all in attendance, which you can read a copy of this here.
After this it was then followed up with an opportunity for each group / Survivor to respond;
Right of Place Second Chance was part of a group of survivors who met with the Minister Ruairi Quinn in the Department of Education offices in Marlborough Street Dublin on Friday 22nd July 2011.
Essentially, we were there to receive a decision from this Government that the Trust Fund was to proceed to become law in the Autumn and that there is to be no cash payment to Survivors! Their decision was based on a consultation process, which is now complete and has moved onto the next stage. So what was or is this “next stage”?
The next stage allows Survivors to make submissions and amendments to the Statutory Trust Fund, but with no guarantee that any of the amendments will be accepted. So, it was within this context that Survivors were asked to make their presentations to the Minister.
Ashling were first to make their presentation, now I’m not going to give a blow by blow account of what exactly each Survivor said, we will put the minutes of this meeting up on this website for peoples own interpretation shortly. But, it is important to point out that only two groups expressed the wishes of their members, (1) Right of Place Second Chance and (2) the Cronin Brothers, that survivors wished for an equal pay out from this fund. All other Survivors, expressed support for the fund, expressed reservations about the fund and they wanted closure, to this long drawn out process, unfortunately without giving some indication of how exactly closure could be achieved.
Right of Place Second Chance were second to make our presentation and, of all the survivors present, it has to be said that our presentation was, by far, the best, most rational, presentation of all the Survivors. Why is this you may ask? The simple answer is that we had a professional who understood the Law. A survivor, who is a practicing Lawyer, and who studied the draft proposals for the Statutory Trust Fund.
Francis Treanor firstly outlined the fact that 99.9% of Survivors in the five regions that Right of Place Second Chance represent did not want the Trust Fund in its present form. Francis then went on to point out some of the weaknesses in the legislation itself, and the concerns these will have for survivors accessing this Trust Fund.
Finally, let me finish on this point: what is it that drives ministers and survivors alike to pursue an issue like the Trust Fund? Is it a genuine belief that what they are doing is going to benefit Survivors, or is it a shortsighted effort to disengage from a process that has not delivered justice for Survivors! How long will 110 million or thereabouts last?
So what do New Right of Place Second Chance want? Simply a solution to Survivor needs. And, until this is achieved we will continue to advocate for Survivors.
Bellow is my unanswered Correspondence on this Matter?
From: Rob. Northall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 11 July 2011 10:19
To: 'ONeill, Anne ( RIRU Athlone)'
Subject: RE: Press Release from Minister for Education & Skills - 5th July 2011
I have tried the link bellow and cannot find the Documents there??
I have read the Summary of Main Provisions of the Statutory Fund - July 2011.doc; it appears to only benefit Service Providers
Can you tell me who other than Midland Survivors Services (Coventry UK) have applied for Funding prior to the Bill being Read?
From: ONeill, Anne ( RIRU Athlone) [mailto:AnneM_ONeill@education.gov.ie]
Sent: 07 July 2011 15:00
Subject: FW: Press Release from Minister for Education & Skills - 5th July 2011
To Whom it May Concern
The purpose of this communication is to thank you for contributing to the Consultative Process in relation to the Statutory Fund and to advise you that the Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn, TD, has issued a Press Release in this regard on 5th July 2011, a copy of which is attached below.
Copies of the following documents are also attached for your information:
The Press Release, together with links to the above documents, is also available on the Department’s website www.education.ie
Residential Institutions Redress Unit
Department of Education & Skills
Consultation Process Report.doc>> General Scheme of Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill.doc>> Summary of Main Provisions of the Statutory Fund - July 2011.doc>> Press release of 5th July.doc>>
If anyone can get the answer to my Question?
"Can you tell me who other than Midland Survivors Services (Coventry UK) have applied for Funding prior to the Bill being Read?"
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