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Newsletter September 2011
Tuesday, 27th September 2011

This is the 22nd 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 15,245 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

In accordance with the provisions of the Residential Institutions Redress (Amendment) Act 2011 the Board's power to accept late applications under sections 8(2) and 8(3) of the Redress Act 2002 ceased at midnight on the 16th of September 2011.

By that time the Board had received 2,764 such submissions which were dealt with as follows;

797 submissions were accepted by the Board
188 submissions were disallowed by the Board
54 submissions were either withdrawn or had their files closed
40 submissions were invalid
In 1,630 cases the Board is awaiting further information from the applicant
55 submissions remain to be considered by the Board

Any such late submissions received on or after the 17th of September 2011 cannot be accepted by the Board.

The Board will now continue its work until all applications (including late submissions) have been considered.

 

Awards

To date the Board has completed the process in 14,724 cases. 10,819 offers have been made following settlement talks and 2,981 awards have been made following hearings. 13 applicants have rejected their awards. 924 applications were withdrawn, refused or resulted in no award.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 €62,870, 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

0.22%

IV

55 to 69

€150,000 - €200,000

233

1.69%

III

40 to 54

€100,000 - €150,000

1852

13.42%

II

25 to 39

€50,000 - €100,000

6747

48.89%

I

Less than 25

Up to €50,000

4937

35.78%

Total

 

 

13800

100.00%


Legal Costs

To date the Board has paid legal costs to 926 firms of solicitors in respect of 13,209 applications. A total of €163.8 million has been paid, of which €11.8 million was paid in respect of associated High Court proceedings in accordance with section 27(2) of the Redress Act.

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