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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Compensation for abuse victims to cost almost €1.5bn

The final cost of the compensation schemes for victims of abuse in religious institutions is expected to hit almost €1.5bn.

Although applications to the scheme stopped nine years ago, the cases are still being processed by the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

The average payout to victims is €62,860.

Last year, the bill for the redress scheme hit €903.8m, with legal costs of €166.1m.

The final cost is predicted to be €1.46bn.

If the costs were to be split 50/50 between the State and the religious institutions, the religious orders would have to pay €730m.

But a Government spokesperson said the contributions offered so far "fall well short".

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