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Newsletter August 2013
Thursday, 1st August 2013

This is the 26th 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 16,505 applications.

The Board continues to process the remaining applications before it as expeditiously as possible.

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;

2,065 submissions were accepted by the Board
334 submissions were disallowed by the Board
152 submissions were either withdrawn or had their files closed
39 submissions were invalid
In 172 cases the Board is awaiting further information from the applicant
4 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 2013 the Board had completed the process in 15,759 cases. 11,503 offers have been made following settlement talks and 3,229 awards have been made following hearings. 16 applicants have rejected their awards. 1,027 applications were withdrawn, refused or resulted in no award.

The average value of awards to date is €62,713, 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

44

0.30%

IV

55 to 69

€150,000 - €200,000

268

1.82%

III

40 to 54

€100,000 - €150,000

1,987

13.49%

II

25 to 39

€50,000 - €100,000

7,184

48.76%

I

Less than 25

Up to €50,000

5,249

35.63%

Total

 

 

14,732

100.00%


Legal Costs

To date the Board has paid legal costs to 982 firms of solicitors in respect of 14,062 applications. A total of €177.3 million has been paid, of which €12.3 million was paid in respect of associated High Court proceedings in accordance with section 27(2) of the Redress Act.

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