Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Oireachtas News 1st April 2013
Due to Easter holidays the Dáil has been adjourned until Tuesday, April 16 2013 and the Seanad until Wednesday, April 17 2013.  However the Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee will meet Thursday 4th April to discuss the framework for the recovery and resolution of credit institutions and investment firms in the European Union. 

The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund has been established and members appointed to the board.  This is a new body established under the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 with the task of overseeing the use of the cash contributions of up to €110m pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuse.  Mary Higgins formerly the Director of the Homeless Agency and the earlier Homeless Initiative has been appointed CEO.  Sylda Langford former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Justice and Law Reform has been appointed as Chairperson to the Board.

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