1. What is the Redress Board?
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 The Honourable Mr. Justice Esmond Smyth.
2. How will it operate?
All applications for redress are treated in the strictest confidence, and all hearings conducted by the Board are in private.
Making an application for redress does not require you to give up any right you may have to bring a claim for damages in the courts. You can wait and see if the Board makes an award which is acceptable to you. If you wish to accept the award made by the Board, however, you must then agree to give up certain legal rights. If the Board’s award is not acceptable, you may simply reject it and proceed with any other legal claims which are available to you.
3. Who is entitled to apply for redress?
You should apply to the Board if you can answer “Yes” to all the following questions:
4. How do I apply?
To apply for redress you must complete
an official application form which is designed to give
the Board as much as possible of the information it
requires to deal with your application. Please
click here for further information on the application