The Minister for Education has published the general scheme of a bill that will create the legal basis to provide additional support for people who suffered abuse in industrial schools, reformatories, and related institutions.
Norma Foley (pictured) said that the bill would provide for “a new phase of supports” for those who survived such abuse.
The Supports for Survivors of Residential Institutional Abuse Bill 2023 covers measures to support people who have received an award under the Residential institutions Redress Scheme or a similar court award or settlement.
These include an enhanced package of health supports and services for abuse survivors, as well as additional financial support for education.
The bill will also provide for the dissolution of the Residential institutions Statutory Fund Board (Caranua), which was set up under 2012 legislation.