Dáil Éireann - Volume 606 - 28 September, 2005

Written Answers - Inquiry into Child Abuse.

  1087. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will include a unit (details supplied) under the Residential Institutions Redress Board in order that victims of alleged abuses can have redress; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24455/05]

  1201. Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if consideration has been given to a unit (details supplied) in the Residential Institutions Redress Board’s additional schedule; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25450/05]

  Ms Hanafin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1087 and 1201 together.

Section 4 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides that the Minister for Education and Science may, by order, provide for the insertion in the Schedule of additional institutions in which children were placed and resi[718] dent and in respect of which a public body had a regulatory or inspection function.

Since the enactment of the legislation, my Department has been contacted by individuals and solicitors regarding various institutions not specified in the Schedule, including the facilities mentioned by the Deputies. Following consideration of the matter and consultation with relevant public bodies, I signed an order on 9 November 2004 which provided for the inclusion of 13 additional institutions in the Schedule. A further order was made on 1 July 2005 adding three institutions to the Schedule. The question of including additional institutions has now been fully considered by my Department in consultation with relevant Departments and it is not proposed to add any further institutions to the Schedule at this point.