Reply from Mary Higgins
Please accept my apologies, it appears that this was not replied to.
You may be right about all of these things, but we have to operate under the legislation. If you have complaints about the legislation they will need to be addressed to the Minister.
The specific answers are that we cannot provide support to someone who is not eligible to apply to us, so we cannot provide something that is for your child, because he is not an eligible applicant. A fitted kitchen might conceivably be covered under housing but it isn’t and yes, paying for a wedding could well improve someone’s health and wellbeing but it is not covered by the Guidelines.
I hope this answers your questions. Please do contact Stephanie about your application.
They are ignoring terminaly ill survivors, refusing survivors recommended medical care, and stomping all over survivors human rights, tell king Mary put that one in her pipe and smoke it while she banks survivors money to her own bank account. Michael
the last minister did not want to know about caranua or change Legislation even though the Irish Government set it up so who do we ask for help now to change Legislation does anyone in the Government or caranua really care about us.
The Minister for Education and Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD has asked me to refer again to your recent e-mail in relation to your application to Caranua - the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.
The Minister has asked me to explain that Caranua is an independent statutory body established pursuant to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 to oversee the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million, pledged by the religious congregations, to support the needs of survivors of institutional child abuse. Eligibility to receive support from Caranua is restricted to those 15,000 former residents who have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent Court awards. The 2012 Act does not provide for the eligibility of relatives of survivors of abuse to receive support from Caranua. This approach was taken having regard to the maximum funds available and the potential pool of applicants.
The Minister has also asked me to point out that the 2012 Act sets out the classes of services from which approved services can be determined by Caranua. These classes of services are mental health services, health and personal social services and education and housing services. It is a matter for Caranua to determine the criteria by reference to which it will make decisions on applications. The Minister has no role in relation to the determination of criteria or application guidelines approved by Caranua nor does she have a role in relation to the organisation’s day to day operations including the processing of applications and decisions on individual applications.
The Minister trusts that this information will be of assistance to you.
If they really want to get max from the fund return their very large wages which they have taken from the fund, we are fighting a cause here for homeless survivors with mental health issues, survivors with medical needs survivors who have little to nothing while millions are pocketed in wages, so i ask you in stead of pasting responses what are your views on these issues.
Exactly how would they know what a survivor needs, despite what there telling the media, there leaving homeless survivors with mental health issues on the street, over riding medical recommendations to deny survivors treatment, so they do not have survivors best interests at heart.
They should be meeting us face to face, so we can explain or needs, they could role it out to the community welfare officers and I wouldn't cost them a penny, what happens this 110 million if it not claimed, who pocket does it go into, is that why there making it so hard for people
Thats a good idea, they could of used staff already paid by the government, face to face would be a key element in getting to know a person, i think any monies unclaimed will be used as wages under the pretext of waiting for new survivors to apply. I think this final wage bill if the new 16 staff are brought on board could run to as much as 10% of the entire fund. Michael
Hi Michael, I agree with James lets wait and see what happens with PAC plus Clare Daly TD has put forward a few things in the Dail to the Minister. If you decide to go on hunger strike I will help in anyway I can to help fight for justice, and don't ever forget you're not alone and like James said our day will come!!