09 December, 2019 - Minister McHugh welcomes completion of Christian Brothers Redress Contribution

The Department of Education and Skills has today (Monday 9th December) confirmed that the Congregation of Christian Brothers has fulfilled its voluntary pledge to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (RISF).

The Congregation’s contribution was completed through a series of monthly cash transfers between September and December of this year.

Since September a total of €6.8 million has been contributed by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, bringing to €8.8 million the amount contributed in 2019 and €30 million contributed since 2013.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. said: “I welcome the latest contributions made by the Christian Brothers as it fulfils the congregation’s pledge to complete its voluntary contributions.

“These payments ensure that Caranua has access to the full €110 million in cash contributions which were committed to. Most importantly, the financial contributions will allow Caranua to continue its supports for survivors.”

The contributions made by the Congregation of Christian Brothers over the course of September to December mean the full €110 million which was pledged has been paid into the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund, with the money funding the work of Caranua, the independent state body set up to help people who, as children, experienced abuse in residential institutions.

A further portion of the contribution made by the Congregation, a little over €428,000, is to be paid to the new National Children’s Hospital, as required under law. 

Notes for Editors

For more information on the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund please see the following link.

Under the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, no more than €110 million in contributions may go to the fund and any amounts in excess of that figure go to the funding of the development of the National Children’s Hospital.

Of the Congregation’s contributions of €6.8 million since September 2019:

  • €6,371,089.99 has been paid to the Statutory Fund.
  • €428,910.01 has to be paid over to the Department of Health for the National Children’s Hospital.

The Congregation of Christian Brothers has now voluntarily contributed a total of €30 million toward redress.

For more information on Caranua please use the following link: www.caranua.ie