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Newsletter December 2014
Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

This is the 29th 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 16,626 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 received 2,766 such submissions which were dealt with as follows;


2,197 submissions were accepted by the Board
367 submissions were disallowed by the Board
163 submissions were either withdrawn or had their files closed
39 submissions were invalid

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

All late applications have now been considered by the Board.

The breakdown of the late application figures may vary from previous newsletters due to the outcome of Judicial Review proceedings.


 

Awards

To 17th December 2014 the Board had completed the process in 16,619 cases. 12,027 offers have been made following settlement talks and 3,520 awards have been made following hearings. 16 applicants have rejected their awards. 1,072 applications were withdrawn, refused or resulted in no award.

The average value of awards to date is €62,237, 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

48

0.31%

IV

55 to 69

€150,000 - €200,000

280

1.80%

III

40 to 54

€100,000 - €150,000

2,069

13.31%

II

25 to 39

€50,000 - €100,000

7,507

48.28%

I

Less than 25

Up to €50,000

5,643

36.30%

Total

 

 

15,547

100.00%

 


Legal Costs

To date the Board has paid legal costs to 1,020 firms of solicitors in respect of 15,040 applications. A total of €192.5 million has been paid, of which €12.5 million was paid in respect of associated High Court proceedings in accordance with section 27(2) of the Redress Act.


 

Christmas Opening Hours

The Board's offices will close on Christmas Eve and will re-open on Monday 29th December 2014.


The Board and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all applicants a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. A special note of thanks is extended to all those who contributed to the establishment of the Board and who continue to help us in our attempt to provide the best possible service to all applicants.

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