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Newsletter August 2003
Friday, 8th August 2003

This is the third 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. Our first two newsletters issued in March and June of this year and the Board's 'Guide to Hearing Procedures' issued in April.


The Board continues to receive applications at a rate of approximately 50 per week and has received a total of 1662 to the end of July.


To date the Board has made 108 offers following settlement talks and 25 awards following hearings. In addition to the 133 cases above a total of 48 applications have been refused. These applications have been refused as on the face of the documentation the application was outside the Boards terms of reference as laid down in the 2002 Act. In other words the applications did not relate to residential institutions. 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. In total 181 applications have been finalised by the Board.

The awards made by the Board range in value from €10,000 to €200,400. The average sum awarded to date is €84,000.

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