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Victims to miss out on redress as board closes

THOUSANDS of victims of sexual abuse look certain to miss out on compensation after it was confirmed the redress board would be wound down in September.

Although applications for compensation officially ended in 2005, late claims have been accepted by the board ever since for "exceptional circumstances". However, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said he wants to pass legislation to make September 16 the final cut-off point for all late applications.

Victims' groups -- already reeling from the findings of the damning Cloyne Report into clerical sex abuse -- yesterday warned the minister a significant number of survivors, including many living abroad, would miss out on the compensation they are owed.

They also urged the Government to launch a campaign in the UK and other countries with significant numbers of ex-pat survivors to raise awareness about the imminent closure of the board.

Irish Independent