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Sinn Féin TDs meet survivors of residential abuse at Leinster House protest

14 May, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD, joined his party colleagues Martin Ferris TD and Michael Colreavy TD, to meet survivors of residential abuse who were protesting outside the Dáil at the lack of provision available in the Residential Statutory Fund.

Deputy O’Brien said: “The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill, 2012, was passed in Leinster House last July, despite the serious concerns put forward by Sinn Féin and others that the legislation was less than adequate to meet the needs of survivors.

“When this legislation was being debated we sought to widen the eligibility of the Fund so that any survivor of a residential care home could apply for support.

“We also submitted amendments that would have led to the establishment of separate redress Boards for the women of the Magdalene Laundries and former residents of Bethany Home; the right of survivors to avail of a once-off cash payment and a date for when the Religious Congregations would have to pay the outstanding money they owe towards the fund.

“The government’s subsequent rejection of the Sinn Féin amendments has resulted in a fund that is fundamentally flawed and unable to meet the needs of survivors where less than 15,000 people will qualify for assistance.

“Sinn Féin fully supports the efforts of the Munster Survivors Support Services who understandably see the State as failing people who suffered appalling abuse when resident in residential care homes.

"The people I met today are understandably angry and frustrated at government’s refusal to take on board their concerns.”
Caption for attached photo: Sinn Féin TD’s Jonathan O’Brien, Martin Ferris and Michael Colreavy are pictured with Ollie Burke and members of the Munster Survivors Support Services LTD at their protest today outside Leinster House.

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