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The Redress Board was set up under the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 to make fair and reasonable awards to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions subject to state regulation or inspection.

The Board, which is wholly independent, is chaired by Mr. Justice Esmond Smyth.

It is important to note that the Residential Institutions Redress Board no longer has the power to accept new applications for the following reasons:
In accordance with the provisions of section 8 (1) of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002, the closing date for receipt of all applications was the 15th of December 2005.
In accordance with the provisions of the Residential Institutions Redress (Amendment) Act 2011 the Board's power to accept late applications under sections 8(2) and 8(3) of the Redress Act 2002 ceased at midnight on the 16th of September 2011.

This Web site provides a general outline of the way in which the Board dealt with applications for redress. All applications were considered in accordance with the provisions of the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 and the Regulations made under the Act. For further information, please download A Guide to the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002.