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Caranua is an independent Irish state body for survivors of institutional abuse.

We will use funds from Irish religious congregations to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors living in Ireland and other parts of the world.

We will also promote understanding of the effects of institutional abuse and build the capacity of public services to recognise and respond to the needs of survivors.

For more information on Caranua  click here.

To find out more about what you can apply for and how to make an application click here

News Updates
> Update – August 2014

This update gives information on the number of people who have made applications to Caranua between January and August 2014. 

How many applications have been received and how have they been sent in?

Caranua has received 3,188 applications since the 6th January 2014.

Below is a breakdown by month of the number of applications received, and how they were sent in.

  Total received by month Post Web Email
January 1,298 797 477 24
February 628 477 147 4
March 421 335 84 2
April 249 192 54 3
May 165 118 46 1
June 160 116 43 1
July 136 98 36 2
August 131 89 41 1
Total received 3,188 2,222 928 38

 Where are people applying from?

People have applied from 19 different countries.

Ireland 2,423
United Kingdom 688
Outside Ireland and the United Kingdom 77

How many applicants were eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must have spent time in an institution as a child, and received an award through settlement, Court or the Residential Institutions Redress Board in relation to your time in an institution. Since the 6th January, 3,188 applications were received. It is Caranua policy to reply to people within ten working days of receiving their application, and we are meeting this standard. 3,059 people were eligible, and 75 applications were still being processed. 54 applicants (2%), were found not to be eligible to apply.

How many people have sent in their identification?

After it is confirmed that an applicant is eligible to apply, Caranua writes to ask for copies of identification documents to verify that nobody else is applying in the applicant’s name. From 6th January to 31st August Caranua sent out 3,059 letters asking for this information. 2,431 people have had their identification documents verified.

How many people have spoken to an Application Advisor?

The next step after your identification documents are verified is to speak with an Application Advisor, who explains what Caranua is able to help with, and will provide any assistance with making an application. By the 31st August the Application Advisors have been in touch with 1,203 people.

How many payments have been made?

We are working with people to help them access services based on their individual needs. For some people this part of the process may consist of one payment and they may know exactly what they want, but for others it may involve many conversations with their Application Advisor, and they may access a number of services.

As more people have spoken with their Application Advisors and gone through the process, payments have increased greatly. By the 31st August, payments worth €1,775,541 have been made to 335 people. €1,026,568 of this was paid out in August.

> Update – July 2014

Update – July 2014

This update gives information on the number of people who have made applications to Caranua between January and July 2014. 

 Are many people are contacting the Caranua office?

We get about 200 telephone calls every day. We have just two people answering calls so it isn’t always possible to answer every call straight away. We make three attempts to reach callers who have left a message. During July 5,335 phone calls went through the Caranua office, of which 3,889 were incoming.

How many applications have been received and how have they been sent in?

Caranua has received 3,058 applications since the 6th January 2014.

Below is a breakdown by month of the number of applications received, and how they were sent in.

  Total received by month Post Web Email
January 1,298 797 477 24
February 628 477 147 4
March 421 335 84 2
April 250 193 54 3
May 165 118 46 1
June 160 116 43 1
July 136 98 36 2
Total received 3,058 2,134 887 37

 Where are people applying from?

People have applied from 19 different countries.

Ireland 2,326
United Kingdom 660
Outside Ireland and the United Kingdom 72

How many applicants were eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must have spent time in an institution as a child, and received an award through settlement, Court or the Residential Institutions Redress Board in relation to your time in an institution. Since the 6th January, 3,058 applications were received. It is Caranua policy to reply to people within ten working days of receiving their application, and we are meeting this standard. 2,929 people were eligible, and 79 applications were still being processed. 50 applicants (2%), were found not to be eligible to apply.

How many people have sent in their identification?

After it is confirmed that an applicant is eligible to apply, Caranua writes to ask for copies of identification documents to verify that nobody else is applying in the applicant’s name. From 6th January to 31st July Caranua sent out 2,929 letters asking for this information. 2,219 people have had their identification documents verified.

How many people have spoken to an Application Advisor?

The next step after your identification documents are verified is to speak with an Application Advisor, who explains what Caranua is able to help with, and will provide any assistance with making an application. By the 31st July the Application Advisors have been in touch with 950 people.

How many payments have been made?

We are working with people to help them access services based on their individual needs. For some people this part of the process may consist of one payment and they may know exactly what they want, but for others it may involve many conversations with their Application Advisor and they may access a number of services. By the 31st July, payments worth €754,846 have been made to 180 people.

 

 

> Mixed Race Irish campaign
The below article on the Mixed Race Irish campaign is taken from the Irish Times on 5th August 2014.For further information on the Mixed Race Irish campaign you can use the following:

This campaign is dedicated to the memory of Pauline, a mixed Race Irish  Survivor who was found dead in the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.

Mixed race children and their mothers seek to add to inquiry
Pamela Duncan
Last month, during a discussion on the forthcoming commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes, Anne Ferris put on the Dáil record the experiences of mixed-race children who, like her, spent time in such institutions.“These mixed-race Irish children were not considered by the church or the State to be appropriate candidates for adoption. Their stories of racial discrimination, physical abuse and mental abuse are truly shocking,” the Wicklow TD said.In the same address, Ms Ferris called for the upcoming inquiry to be “broad and all-embracing” to allow all those who had spent time in mother-and-baby homes and similar institutions to be “offered the opportunity to have their voices and stories heard”.It is a call fully supported by the Mixed Race Irish campaign – co-founded by Rosemary Adaser and twin sisters Carole and Evon Brennan – the aim of which is to raise awareness of the abuses suffered by mixed-race children in institutional care in Ireland.Since its official launch last September, the organisation’s membership has grown from 20 to about 35 members who now live in Ireland, the UK, the US and China.The group says that, to date, it has identified more than 50 mixed-race Irish who spent time in such institutions but estimates that up to four times that figure were housed in such settings.Those who have made contact with the group have reported common experiences despite being raised in a range of institutions across the country: racist slurs, physical abuse and, among the 60 per cent female membership, sexism and sexual stereotyping.

Issues ‘airbrushed’

The group is keen that issues particular to its members’ experiences, which Carole Brennan says have been “airbrushed from any debate” to date, are encompassed by the inquiry.Ms Brennan, who spent time in a Dublin mother and baby home before being transferred to the industrial school in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, and later to Banada Abbey in Sligo, says a large percentage of mixed-race children spent time in mother and baby homes before being moved to other institutions.“I would suspect that in those mother and baby homes that we would not have been treated very well. I would expect that there were deaths among mixed-race Irish children and I would like to know how many. Those are the kind of questions that need to be asked,” Ms Brennan says.The group also wants answers around the adoption process as it relates to mixed-race children, claiming that in many instances they were not considered for adoption or fostering.“We were just dumped in these abysmal institutions, the absolute lowest of the low . . . No effort was made to foster or adopt us,” Ms Adaser, who spent time in St Patrick’s Home on the Navan Road in Dublin before being transferred to St Joseph’s in Kilkenny at age six, says.She adds that the experience of the mothers of mixed-race children, both by society and within the institutions, also needs to be examined.

‘Degradation’

“The inequities, the degradation our Irish mothers suffered…it’s not just our individual stories but also the tales of our parents.”Ms Adaser says her own story echoes a common experience shared by the group’s membership which can be summed up in four brief statements: “Not loved, not valued, not worthy, not welcome.”“You grew up and you learn to keep your eyes lowered because if you raise your eyes . . . you don’t know whether you’re going to get an insult or a box in the ear,” she says.“You were constantly being told you’re not worthy . . . ‘your soul is black, your skin is black’,” she says of her childhood, adding that she recently compiled a list of about 20 names she was called on a regular basis.Ms Adaser says the early experiences of Mixed Race Irish members had a profound and continuing effect on them: “There are a lot higher levels of suicide among our group, serious mental health issues.”She says recent revelations around the Children’s Home in Tuam, where 796 child deaths occurred over 36 years, have been difficult for the group. However, she says that, in order to address these issues their experiences need to be acknowledged and addressed.“It brings up painful memories. But there is also a real desire to heal. It sounds a cliche but the truth really does set you free…it’s only through acknowledgement that the healing process can begin.”Ms Brennan, who as well as co-founding the Mixed Race Irish campaign also set up a service for older Irish survivors of institutional abuse and holds a master’s degree in psychology, says the colour-specific nature of the abuse and the lack of identity this group experienced is a specific issue that should be addressed.“We don’t compare ourselves to white survivors or say our pain is worse or less than theirs [but] our experience is specific . . . racism in and of itself creates a lot of psychological issues which are very, very far-reaching,” she said.ENDS

This article is available online at http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-race-children-and-their-mothers-seek-to-add-to-inquiry-1.1887469

> Feis Ceoil medal presented 79 years after win

Congratulations to Patrick Feekery, who was recently presented with his Feis Ceoil medal, 79 years after his win.  Patrick won Gold in the French Horn competition at the 1935 National Feis. He was in Artane Industrial School and never saw his medal, before it was lost in a fire at the Artane Industrial School in 1969.

A replica Gold medal and presentation certificate of achievement were made for Patrick, and the Artane Boys Band were  involved in the recent presentation to Patrick of his medal.

For more information on this story go to  the following links:

  • Irish Independent article at http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/horn-player-patrick-to-get-feis-ceoil-medal-79-years-after-winning-gold-30393784.html
  • RTÉ Nine News piece at http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10300816/
  • Artane School of Music article at http://artanemusic.ie/congratulations-patrick/
> Update – June 2014

Update – June 2014

This update gives information on the number of people who have been in touch with, and made applications to, Caranua between January and June 2014. As you will see from the below figures, there remains a backlog in progressing applications. However, we now have additional resources and it is expected that the backlog will be cleared in the next six to eight weeks. We would like to thank those of you who are waiting for your patience.

Are many people contacting the Caranua office?

In June, we got about 200 telephone calls every day. We have two people answering calls so it isn’t always possible to answer every call straight away. We make three attempts to reach callers who have left a message. During May, 5,908 phone calls went through the Caranua office.

How many applications have been received and how have they been sent in?

Caranua has received 2,921 applications since the 6th January 2014. The largest volume of applications were received in January, which accounts for nearly half of the total number of applications received so far. Below is a breakdown by month of the number of applications received, and how they were sent in.

  Total received by month Post Web Email
January 1,298 797 477 24
February 628 477 147 4
March 422 336 84 2
April 250 193 54 3
May 164 117 46 1
June 159 115 43 1
Total received 2,921 2,035 851 35

 

Where are people applying from?

People have applied from 19 different countries.

Ireland 2,216
United Kingdom 636
Outside Ireland and the United Kingdom 69

How many applicants were eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must have spent time in an institution as a child, and received an award through settlement, Court or the Residential Institutions Redress Board in relation to your time in an institution. Since the 6th January, 2,921 applications were received. It is Caranua policy to reply to people within ten working days of receiving their application, and we are meeting this standard. 2,787 people were eligible, and 86 applications were still being processed. 48 applicants (2%), were found not to be eligible to apply.

How many people have sent in their identification?

After it is confirmed that an applicant is eligible to apply, Caranua writes to ask for copies of identification documents to verify that nobody else is applying in the applicant’s name. From 6th January to 30th June Caranua sent out 2,787 letters asking for this information. 1,904 applicants have sent in their identification documents. 1,646 people have had their identification documents verified.

How many people have spoken to an Application Advisor?

The next step after your identification documents are verified is to speak with an Application Advisor, who explains what Caranua is able to help with and will provide any assistance with making an application. By the 30th June, the Application Advisors had been in touch with 342 people.

Has anyone accessed the Fund?

Yes, payments are being made. We are working with people to help them access services based on their individual needs. For some people this part of the process may consist of one payment and they may know exactly what they want, but for others it may involve many conversations with their Application Advisor and they may access a number of services. So far (up to the 4th July), payments worth €542,408.52 have been made to 148 people.

 


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CARANUA
support for survivors of institutional abuse

PO Box 12477, Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 874 2277
Email info@caranua.ie
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Caranua is the service name
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