Friday 13 December 2019

Video: Religious orders to refuse meeting over cash shortfall reporters

Many of the religious congregations investigated by the Ryan Report may refuse to meet with the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn as planned on Friday.

They had been invited to discuss a massive shortfall in their half of costs incurred by the State in compensating abused residents.

The Government is asking congregations named in the Ryan report to transfer ownership of schools to the State to help make up the shortfall.

It is expeced that those congreagations which will attend would “go in, listen and say nothing,'' according to one source.

And the source also claimed that the first the congregations heard about a 50:50 contribution was in April 2010, when they met then Taoiseach Brian Cowen and other ministers.

On July 6 Minister Ruairi Quinn reiterated that he wanted congregations to hand over properties to the State to make up for the €375m compensation shortfall from the orders.

The Ryan Report -- which probed the horrific abuse of children in institutions run by 18 religious orders -- recommended that the orders pay half of the redress bill, which amounts to some €680m.

But so far just two orders -- the Presentation Brothers and the Sisters of St Clare -- have committed to paying their 50pc share of the costs.

In one case, the Dominican Order said it believed it had offered a sufficient sum already.

The order gave a total of €6.5m over three periods last year following the sell-off of some assets.

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