Only €20m compensation paid by religious

Friday 08 April 2011 19.49
Religious orders - Offers of property still being examined
Religious orders - Offers of property still being examined

The religious orders have only paid over €20m to the State in compensation for child abuse outlined in the Ryan Report.

The details were included in a Department of Finance briefing documents for the incoming minister.

Following publication of the Ryan Report, the State sought additional contributions from the orders.

In response, offers of €348.5m were made, comprised of €111m in cash, €2m in a rent waiver, and €235.5m in property.

However, in April 2010 the State asked the orders to pay half the costs, which would require further contributions of at least €200m from the religious orders.

To date only €20m of the original cash offers has been received, and the offers of property are still being examined in terms of their usefulness.

Two paragraphs of the notes in relation to this matter have been blacked out in the Department document.