A government compensation scheme is to be established in the
Irish Republic for the victims of institutional child abuse dating
back to the 1950s.
Awards will be made by a tribunal, headed by a senior judge and
a bill setting out details of the scheme is to be published
The scheme will be restricted to residential institutions,
excluding those who claim to have been abused as day school
Irish religious orders, whose members staffed the institutions
and have been accused of much of the abuse, will be invited to make
“a meaningful contribution” to the compensation fund. In return,
the orders will not face civil action in the courts.
Almost 800 people – some now living in the UK – have indicated
that they want to testify.