Summary of Main Provisions of the Statutory Fund
Those eligible for assistance from the Fund will be those former residents who were offered awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) or who received awards pursuant to court actions and who would otherwise have received awards from the RIRB.
Functions/Provisions of the Statutory Fund
The principal function of the Statutory Fund will be to make arrangements for the provision of approved services to support the needs of former residents and to pay grants to former residents to assist them to avail of approved services.
Approved services will include such counselling services, psychological support services and mental health services, and such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine.
The Fund will also promote understanding of the effects of abuse on former residents among service providers and will evaluate the effectiveness of the approved services in meeting the needs of former residents.
The Fund can consult with former residents as it considers appropriate.
Funding for the Statutory Fund
The costs of the Fund will be met from the contributions from the religious congregations, which will be lodged to a special investment account managed by the National Treasury Management Agency. These contributions will be construed as fulfilling a charitable purpose. It is expected that the amount available to the Fund will be €110 million.
Administration of the Scheme
The Fund will be established as a corporate body. The Board of the Fund will comprise 7 members, including 2 former residents, and insofar as is practicable, the Minister will ensure an equitable gender balance. In appointing the other members of the Board, the Minister will ensure that members have knowledge and expertise in relation to financial management, administration, health and social personal services and counselling, psychology or mental health services.
The members will not be remunerated and will serve a four year term of office but will not be eligible to serve for more than 2 consecutive terms.
The chief executive officer of the Fund will manage and control the administration of the Fund and will be accountable to the Public Accounts Committee and other Oireachtas Committees. The accounts of the Fund will be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
The Fund will appoint, with the consent of the Minister, such and so many persons to be members of the staff of the Fund as it may from time to time determine.
The Fund will seek to achieve the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of the resources available to it. It will be subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information and Ombudsman Acts.
Provision is included in the General Scheme to allow the Residential Institutions Redress Board advise the Statutory Fund of the name, address and date of birth of award recipients. Such a provision will allow the Fund to confirm applicants’ eligibility.
The Fund will determine the extent of, and conditions attaching to, the provision of approved services. It will determine the criteria it will use to make decisions and will publish these criteria. It will determine the application process and will be able to refuse applications not made in accordance with the approved process.
The Fund will liaise with public service providers in relation to the provision of services to former residents.
Education Finance Board
The Education Finance Board will be dissolved and its functions transferred to the Fund.