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Newsletter August 2012
Thursday, 30th August 2012

This is the 24th 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 15,835 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.

The Board had received 2,766 such submissions which to date have been dealt with as follows;

1,395 submissions were accepted by the Board
215 submissions were disallowed by the Board
140 submissions were either withdrawn or had their files closed
39 submissions were invalid
In 953 cases the Board is awaiting further information from the applicant
24 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 31st July 2012 the Board had completed the process in 15,146 cases. 11,104 offers have been made following settlement talks and 3,090 awards have been made following hearings. 13 applicants have rejected their awards. 952 applications were withdrawn, refused or resulted in no award.

The average value of awards to date is €62,800, 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

43

0.30%

IV

55 to 69

€150,000 - €200,000

256

1.80%

III

40 to 54

€100,000 - €150,000

1919

13.52%

II

25 to 39

€50,000 - €100,000

6938

48.88%

I

Less than 25

Up to €50,000

5038

35.49%

Total

 

 

14194

100.00%


Legal Costs

To date the Board has paid legal costs to 957 firms of solicitors in respect of 13,576 applications. A total of €169.8 million has been paid, of which €12 million was paid in respect of associated High Court proceedings in accordance with section 27(2) of the Redress Act.

 

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