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Newsletter August 2011
Thursday, 11th August 2011

This is the 21st in a series of newsletters which the Board has decided to produce to keep applicants informed from time to time as to the procedures it follows and other developments. The Board's Guide to Hearing Procedures issued in April 2003 and in December of 2005 the Board issued the third edition of the guide.

Applications

The final date for receipt of applications has now passed and the Board has received a total of 15,210 applications.

The Board continues to process the remaining applications before it. In the course of the year the Board held a number of callovers with the solicitors on record to ascertain the up to date position with their cases. The Board will continue to hold callovers to ensure the expeditious completion of applications.

Applications Received after 15th December 2005

Pursuant to the provisions of section 8(2) and 8(3) of the 2002 Act the Board may, at its discretion and where it considers there are exceptional circumstances, extend the period for receipt of applications. Any applicant wishing to lodge an application after 15th December 2005 is asked to explain in writing to the Board why the application was not lodged in time. The Board considers each such submission individually. By the 31st July 2011 the Board had received 1,597 such submissions which were dealt with as follows;

762 submissions were accepted by the Board
180 submissions were disallowed by the Board
50 submissions were either withdrawn or had their files closed
36 applications were invalid
In 512 cases the Board is awaiting further information from the applicant
57 submissions remain to be considered by the Board

The Board would like to take this opportunity to inform all potential applicants that its power to accept late applications under sections 8(2) and 8(3) of the Redress Act 2002 will cease on the 17th of September 2011. Any such late applications received on or after that date will not be accepted by the Board. This means that the Board will not accept late applications received after midnight on Friday 16th September 2011.

Please note that all applications must be submitted in writing. The Board is not in a position to accept applications electronically.

To facilitate applicants the Board will remain open until midnight on Friday the 16th of September.

 

Awards

To date the Board has completed the process in 14,682 cases. 10,788 offers have been made following settlement talks and 2,968 awards have been made following hearings. 13 applicants have rejected their awards. 926 applications were withdrawn, refused or resulted in no award. By and large applications have been refused as, on the face of the documentation, the application was outside the Board's terms of reference as laid down in the 2002 Act. In other words, the applications did not relate to residential institutions as defined in the Act. These applications are determined by the Board immediately on receipt so that the applicant is informed at the earliest possible date that his/her application is outside the ambit of the redress scheme.

The average value of awards to date is €62,878, the largest award being €300,500.

Redress Board Bands

The breakdown of awards by Redress Band is as follows: 
 

Redress Bands

Total Weightings for Severity of Abuse and Injury/Effects of Abuse

Award Payable by way of Redress

Number

Percentage

V

70 or more

€200,000 - €300,000

31

0.23%

IV

55 to 69

€150,000 - €200,000

232

1.69%

III

40 to 54

€100,000 - €150,000

1848

13.43%

II

25 to 39

€50,000 - €100,000

6727

48.90%

I

Less than 25

Up to €50,000

4918

35.75%

Total

 

 

13756

100.00%

 

Legal Costs

To date the Board has paid legal costs to 917 firms of solicitors in respect of 13,101 applications. A total of €162.2 million has been paid, of which €11.7 million was paid in respect of associated High Court proceedings in accordance with section 27(2) of the Redress Act.

 

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