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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
> 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.

 

> Updated Guidelines documents

Updated Guidelines

Caranua has published updated versions of the Guidelines documents on applying for services.

There are three documents: one for applicants from Ireland; another for applicants from the United Kingdom; and another for applicants from outside Ireland and the United Kingdom.

To download these documents, go the ‘Make An Application’ tab

> Update – May 2014

Update – May 2014

This update gives information on the number of people who have been in touch with, and made applications to, Caranua between January and May 2014.  The number of applications and calls that we received is higher than expected, and getting staff in place took longer than expected.  As a result, we have not been able to get through applications as quickly as we would like.  We expect to see a speeding up of responses in the next month.  We would like to thank those of you who are waiting for your patience, and to say that if your needs are very urgent, for example if you are very ill, please call Caranua so as we can ensure you are spoken with sooner.

Are many people are contacting the Caranua office?

We get about 100 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 May, 3,219 phone calls went through the Caranua office.

How many applications have been received so far?

Caranua has received 2,762 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.

  Total received by month
January 1,298
February 628
March 422
April 250
May 164
Total received January to May 2014 2,762

 

 

How are people sending in applications?

Applications are coming in by post, through the website and by email. We divided the applications below by the way we received them, and also by month. As you will see, the majority of applications come in by post. A high number also come in through the website and a much smaller number are received by email.

  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
Total receivedJanuary to May 2014 2,762 1,920 808 34

 

 

Where are people applying from?

People have applied from 19 different countries. 2,092 people have applied from Ireland, 604 from the United Kingdom, and 66 from countries outside Ireland and the United Kingdom.

 

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, 2,762 applications were received. It is our policy to reply to people within ten working days of receiving their application, and we are meeting this standard. 2,601 people were eligible, and 116 applications were still being processed. 45 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 May Caranua sent out 2,601 letters asking for this information. 1,712 applicants have sent in their identification documents. It is our policy that applicants receive a reply within ten working days of Caranua receiving their identification documents, and we are meeting this standard. 1,139 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 we are able to help with and will provide any assistance with making an application. By the 31st May, the Application Advisors had been in touch with 201 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, 163 payments have been made to 71 people.

> Tuam Mother and Baby Home

There has been public outcry over revelations that 796 babies died in a mother and baby home in Tuam in Galway from 1925 to 1961, and were possibly buried in a septic tank.

Below are links to some articles and blog posts on this issue:

Catherine Corless: Much of the information on this has come from the work of Tuam historian Catherine Corless. Catherine set up a facebook page that can be found by searching for ‘Mother/Baby Home Research’ on facebook. There is a synopsis of the research and essay she wrote on this issue, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1382568855335119&id=1381096678815670

Liam Hogan is an Historian & Librarian in Limerick, and has a twitter account at @Limerick1914. He compiled an archive of pictures and newspaper extracts from the time the Tuam Mother and Baby Home was in operation, that can be viewed at https://storify.com/Limerick1914/children-s-home-in-tuam-1920s-1960s.

Articles on the issue are available at these links (click on title to be redirected to the newspaper’s website):


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CARANUA
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