Saturday 19 October 2019

Quinn to meet with church officials over €200m compensation-fund gap

EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn will meet with religious orders seeking more compensation for abuse victims today as State-church tensions continue to mount.

Mr Quinn is meeting with some of the religious orders involved in the controversial 2002 indemnity deal for abuse victims.

The minister wants the religious orders to turn over the ownership of schools in order to make up the massive €200m gap in their contribution to the fund.

This ensures there will be a 50:50 share of the bill between the taxpayer and the church authorities going forward. But it remains to be seen if the 18 religious orders invited to the crunch meeting in the Department of Education actually turn up.

Irish Independent

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