Caranua and the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.
Caranua is an independent State Body set up under The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 to help people who, as children, experienced abuse in residential institutions in Ireland and have received settlements, Redress Board or Court awards. Caranua is funded by voluntary contributions from religious congregations.
The role of Caranua is to offer support, information, advice and advocacy to survivors and to provide for services in the areas of health, education and housing. Further information on Caranua (The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board) can be found here: CARANUA
Survivors who are dissatisfied with Caranua’s decision on their application for assistance may refer their case to an independent Appeals Officer.
Section 21 of the Act provides for the appointment of an Appeals Officer to review decisions of Caranua in relation to applications for assistance from the Fund and is regulated by The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (Appeals) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 21 of 2014).
In considering an appeal, an Appeals Officer is not confined to the grounds on which the original decision was based but may decide the matter as if it were being decided for the first time.
The Appeals Officer determination may:
- confirm the decision made by Caranua which was the subject of the appeal,
- revoke the decision made by Caranua and replace it with such other decision as the Appeals Officer considers appropriate or
- refer the matter back to Caranua for reconsideration in accordance with such directions as the Appeals Officer considers appropriate.
Decisions of the Appeals Officer may be appealed to the High Court but only on a point of law.
Further information on the statutory appeals provision can be found here: CARANUA APPEALS, including information on HOW TO make an appeal.