Right of Place - Submission to Minister (Review of Caranua)

Right of Place has made the following submission to the Minister in relation to the Terms of Reference of the review to take place of Caranua.

We have cognizance of the desire of the department to review the eligibility criteria only but we urged the review to include the below in its work, having regard for the already near two-year delay in these Terms being drafted.

This submission has taken three weeks to prepare and has involved consultation with Service users, the Board of Directors and staff/volunteers within Right of Place Second Chance. We also researched the Appeals officers reports to help inform us of this submission.

We understand the process by which this takes place and will make further submissions to the actual review in the coming months.

Our main points of note that we wish to see added and our reasons are outlined below;
  •  Timeline for the findings of the review

One of the biggest concerns for ROP/SC is the lack of a date as to when the review will come back with its findings. We find the existing delay (nearly two years later) inexcusable and therefore urge the Terms of Reference to include a date for findings, so that this process is not delayed any longer.

  •    To include Dependents and those who were in an institution but never received redress

We call on the Minister to review these two groups to be included specifically. The inter-generational effects of Institutional Abuse are well documented and the idea that those most vulnerable who couldn’t apply for redress are excluded is not acceptable. Rather than spending time deciding what the “widening eligibility” should be, we argue time should be spent reviewing how these groups can apply and not what types of groups can apply.

  •    Review waiting times of receiving support from Caranua

The current waiting times for existing applicants and new applications is not acceptable. We call on the review to investigate these times and make findings on a maximum time frame allowable for applications, both new and existing so that there is clear accountability.

  •   Review the reason & right to introduce a cap on services

To review whether the introduction of a cap has improved the Survivors experience and where in the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act this decision was taken from. To investigate why Priority was given to new applicants, despite identified medical and housing needs of existing Applicants still being presented but not being processed.

PRESS RELEASE - Terms of Reference for Review of Caranua

PRESS RELEASE: 07th March 2017             

Terms of Reference for; Caranua – Review of Eligibility

Right of Place Second Chance calls on the Minister of Education, Richard Bruton T.D to widen the Terms of Reference to review the effectiveness and operation of Caranua, alongside the review of Eligibility .

Right of Place Second Chance (ROP/SC) today submitted a comprehensive briefing to inform the terms of reference for Caranua – Review of Eligibility. Right of Place Second Chance in consultation with its Services Users, Staff and Board of Directors criticizes the inexcusable delay of nearly two years from when this review was originally proposed to take place. ROP/SC now request that the review be widened to include aspects of the operation of the fund itself, into five distinct fields of review;

          i.            Timeline for the findings of the review.

        ii.            Identify any underspend and review the inclusion of Dependents and those who were in an institution but never received redress.

       iii.            Review waiting times of applicants in receiving support from Caranua.

       iv.            Review the reason & right to introduce a cap on services for applicants.

         v.            Review the work being done in preparation for the closure of Caranua.

Right of Place Second Chance believe that all these areas above should be examined by the review. Speaking today, Director of Services of ROP/SC Micheál Walsh said “The near two year wait for the drafting of these Terms of Reference was wholly unacceptable and whilst we welcome its development now, it is timely that a review into the operation of the fund is also carried out, alongside the issue of eligibility”  He also added “Survivors are an aging population and with €56 million of the proposed €110 million expended to this point, time is something that is not in plentiful supply. In order to fully ensure the fund continues to have long lasting impact on Survivors the issues of its processes and preparation for its closure needs to be addressed. Creating enhanced services for vulnerable people with no identifiable plan when these enhanced services cease is potentially dangerous and certainly counterproductive.”

The Terms of Reference are a critical element of the review to ensure its scope is wide enough to affect real improvements in Caranua. This review needs to be robust, comprehensive and based on the lived experiences of applicants to ensure the fund completes its task of enriching and enhancing Survivors lives both now and into the future. It needs to be the basis on which to review and potentially amend the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act (2012)


Contact Details

Right of Place Second Chance:

Micheál Walsh (Director of Services) 1890 200 709, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ROP/SC Submission to the Terms of Reference: (opens in a new window)

ROP/SC Further explanation on each of the areas we have requested be reviewed.

Please click here to see more detailed reasoning.

Two Models of Monetary Redress: A Structural Analysis

Roughly two years ago Right of Place Second Chance met with Mr. Stephen Winter MD from the Department of Politics & Internation Relations, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He spent time in Ireland in order to Analyise the idea of Monetary Redress to Survivors. When he got in contact with our services we were delighted to partake and help him in his work. We believe anything that can help learn lessons from Redress and can academically evaluate the success or otherwise of redress to Survivors was worthwile. The ultimate goal is to not only inform future generations, but equally importantly to investigate the effect on Survivors lives.

We still strongly believe that the understanding of the often negative effects of Redress to Survivors is not truly understood and academic work such as this that can help to hilight this is imperative to the future well being of Survivors.

This particular published work covers;


"Monetary redress is a developing area of human rights policy. The article examines how a redress program’s design affects the interests of program applicants. It distinguishes two program models, individual assessment and common experience, and explores their differing effects on applicants’ interests. Analyzing two Irish cases, redress for survivors of the industrial schools and the Magdalene laundries, the discussion is applicable to a wide range of redress programs including those in postconflict, transitional justice, and postcolonial contexts."

The Article and research in its entirety can be viewed by clicking here (opens in a new window)

Human remains found at Mother and baby Home

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the contents of this information may prove distressing. I would encourage any individual seeking immediate support to go to the bottom of the page for helpline contact numbers or to contact Right of Place Second Chance directly who will operate extended Phone line hours on Monday between 9.00am - 5.00pm.

  • Human remains found at site of Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam
  • They were discovered in what appears to be some type of sewage container
  • Scientific analysis puts the age of death between 35 foetal weeks and 2 to 3 years
  • Radiocarbon dating confirms the remains are from the time the home was in operation – many are likely to be from the 1950s.
The Commission of investigation into Mother and baby Homes has discovered a "significant number" of human remains in what appears to be a decomissioned sewage chamer in Tuam, Co. Galway.

This commission was established following allegations about the deaths of 800 babies in Tuam over a number of decades and the manner in which they were buried.

The commission said it was shocked by the discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way.

Meanwhile, the commission has asked that the relevant State authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains.

The coroner has been informed.

Minister Zappone

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said it was very sad and disturbing news.

"Up to now we had rumours. Now we have confirmation that the remains are there, and that they date back to the time of the mother-and-baby home, which operated in Tuam from 1925 to 1961," Minister Zappone added.

The minister said that we must respond sensitively and respectfully to the situation. She added that her department had brought together all of the key departments and agencies to set out a way forward.

In relation to excavations at the other 13 mother-and-baby homes that are being investigated, she said it was a matter for the commission of investigation, which is independent.

Bon Secours Sisters Response

In a statement released today, the Bon Secours Sisters who ran the Mother and Baby home said;

“The Bon Secours sisters are fully committed to the work of the Commission regarding the mother and baby home in Tuam. On the closing of the Home in 1961 all the records for the Home were  returned to Galway County Council who are the owners and occupiers of the lands of the Home. We can therefore make no comment on today’s announcement, other than to confirm our continued cooperation with and support for the work of the Commission in seeking the truth about the home.”

Right of Place Second Chance response

Upon reading the details relased from the Commission our Director of Services, Micheál Walsh said, "It is an extremely emotional time for many who were in a Mother and baby home and particularly the Survivors and families of these homes." He continued to say "The remaining area needs to be investigated and Ireland as a nation must rememeber that in order to begin the process of full closure to Survivors this needs to begin with the whole truth"

"The memory of these children must now be fully honoured and Survivors should be fully consulted on this point." In what was already a critical role of the Commission he stated "Now, more then ever, the role and responsibilty of the Commission of Investigation for a full, comprehensive and robust investigation is paramount not only to Survivors, those whose remains have been found and their families; but also to Ireland as a nation so that we may properly support those who need it and educate ourselves into how this was allowed to happen and who is responsible."

Help and Support

1. A telephone helpline has been established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for people who are looking for factual information concerning today's announcement about excavations at the site.
The phone lines 01-6473118 and 01-6473232 are manned between 9.30am-5pm from Monday to Friday and from 12pm-5pm this weekend.

2. Connect; the HSE's free telephone counselling and psychological support helpline is 1800 477477. It is available today, tomorrow and Sunday from 5pm -12am, and from Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March from 6pm -10pm

Callers from Britain and Northern Ireland should dial freephone 00800-477-477-77

3. Right of Place Second Chance; Ireland's largest organisation that supports Survivors of Institutional Abuse in Ireland and offers information, Advise, Advocacy and Outreach can be contacted on 1890 200 709 Monday to Friday 09.30 am - 4.30 pm

Minister Invites applications to fill vacancies on Caranua Board


The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D. yesterday (Tuesday 21st February 2017) announced that applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board.The vacancies to be filled are the eight ordinary members of the Caranua Board. At least four of the members of the Board must be persons, who before they attained the age of 18, resided in an institution specified in the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002.

Caranua is an independent statutory Board established under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, to help meet the needs of persons who suffered residential institutional child abuse.

The process of filling the vacancies on the Caranua Board is being managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) under the revised procedures put in place in late 2014 for the appointment of persons to positions on State boards. Applications may only be made through the dedicated website  PAS will undertake an assessment process in relation to the expressions of interest received and at the end of that process it will provide the Minister with a list of candidates deemed to be suitable for appointment to the Board.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 14th of March 2017.

The campaign and where to apply can be found on this link;


If you need assistance in making your application through the Public Appointmens Service, please do not hesitate to give us a call and as always we will assist you in this regard.

Finally, the decision of Board members does not lie with Right of Place Second Chance or Caranua, this is a decision for the Minister with the assistance of the PAS.

Minister Bruton publishes Draft Terms of Reference for Review of Eligibility for Caranua

Minister Bruton has announced a 3 week consultation period which began on the 15 February 2017 in relation to the proposed draft terms of reference of a review of eligibility for Caranua (the Residential institutions Statutory Fund).The draft terms of reference are available on the Department’s website at the following link: 

Under the 2012 Act those eligible to apply for support were the approximately 15,500 former residents who received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards or settlements.

In response to calls made during the passage of the legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas for the eligibility for access to the fund to be widened, the then Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairí Quinn T.D., gave an undertaking that the question of eligibility for access to the Fund would be reviewed two years after its establishment having regard to the level of uptake of the funding available.

Minister Bruton believes that it is timely to now undertake such a review and, in fulfilment of a commitment he gave in 2016, he is seeking the views of all interested parties with regard to the draft terms of reference only at this point.

Accordingly Minister Bruton invites comments on the draft terms of reference. Such comments should be sent to the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by post to Caranua Eligibility Review, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96. The deadline for receipt of comments is Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Please note that responses to this invitation to submit comments will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (further details are available at in which case particular information exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, such as personal contact details, may be omitted. As this is a public consultation submissions may in any event be published on the department’s website and by submitting comments you are indicating your consent to this approach and waiving your anonymity.


Please note that at this stage, the submissions the Minister is looking for relates to the Terms of Reference only at this point.


If you have any questions relating to this, or need assistance in submitting your comments please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Alternatively, please use the contact details above if you wish to make your individual comments known.


Christmas Around The Regions - 2016

Every single Year it just gets better and better and better.....

Every Year in Right of Place Second Chance we host a wonderful day for some of our service users and every year without fail we are unfortunately oversubscribed. To many Christmas is a wonderful time full of cheer, merriment and time spent with loved ones and to some its a time of loneliness, isolation and can be difficult.

So this year we decided to make our Christmas day extend to something even bigger and better every year. So much so that we had some Survivors again asking us how does it keep on getting better and better and better every year. Well the answer is simple - it's because of them, our wonderful volunteers and our dedicated staff who strive to work together to create a bit of magic at Christmas!

Special Thanks

Before we even begin to explain how Christmas was celebrated across the regions, I think its important to note those that gave their time freely this Christmas period and I can begin with;

Micheál Walsh - who spent 10 Hours in the office on Christmas Eve, calling over 50 Survivors to wish them a happy Christmas and to tell them Right of Place Second Chance was thinking of them, completely voluntarily.

Trish, Pascale and Michael - For ensuring everything was arranged, wrapping presents, sending invites and generally helping out on the day.

Cartamundi - For their continued donation of many Board games for Survivors and their children/Grandchildren.

The Butler Family - Who donated not one, but TWO €40 Dunnes Vouchers

The Granville & Dooleys Hotel - Who once again donated a Meal Voucher each, valued at €50 per one.

Boots, Sam McCauleys and Powers Chemist - For their donation of several beauty products, Lynx/Nivea hampers and vouchers.

GM Catering - who done an unbelievable Christmas dinner with all the Trimmings (and a fantastic desert)

House of Waterford Crystal - A special thanks to Waterford Crystal for the personal/VIP tour of their world-famous factory in Waterford City.

To all the other individuals, business and the Volunteers (Particularly Trish & Michael) who helped out on the day - many thanks.



The Invitations were the first things that were designed and delivered to each of the clients who were to attend. Each individual got a personalised invitation to attend the event and to RSVP with their local office.



After this, Trish, Micheál and Pascale decided to wrap all the presents individually so that they could be drawn by whoever the individual was who was lucky to get a present (although every Survivor left the event with at least one, two and in some cases three presents.) This took a lot of time, but this year there was such an excellent range that everybody left extremely happy with the items that they received.













A special Tour 

Next up and before the dinner was a pre-arranged special tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. This was arranged free of charge by Waterford Crystal and truly was a remarkable experience as the VIP treatment we received was fantastic. It was so warmly received that even a Kilkenny man; couldn't help but appreciate the excellence of Waterford Crystal.

During this one hour tour, the 25 that attended we treated to a wonderful display of some of the most iconic pieces of Crystal in the world. The Crystal Ball that drops in Times Square every New Year, the Players Trophy (often considered Golf's 5th Major) and even the American People's Choice Awards previously won by such esteemed people as Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock were all shown to our Survivors.

Waterford Crystal Tour

Some even got their hands on one (and who's to say they won't be the Next winner of the Players Championship)

All Survivors got the chance to blow the glass, watch it being handcrafted and see the process in its entirety.

To say this was a truly remarkable experience would be an understatement. Its not hard to see why the Crystal Factory is one of Ireland's most visited attractions and a special thanks to all at the House of Waterford Crystal for their kindness.


Next came the dinner across the regions. In total, there was roughly 50 individuals across the regions who availed of the Christmas Dinner.

We even made a couple of special deliveries to two individuals who were recovering from recent stays in hospital to drop them up a dinner and of course their present.

A full Chicken and Ham roast was on the menu and our Survivors in Cork had a particualrly unusual Chinese dinner for Christmas Dinner - but it was what they had hoped for and it was what we were able to supply them with.

Cork Christmas


 World Famous Sing Song

Towards the end of the evening Right of Place Second Chance's now legendary Sing song busted out.

Our Chairperson brought his guitar to play a bit of backing track and in a weird twist, Jack from Kilkenny decided to sing the Rose of Mooncoin and I'm sure he dedicated it to Micheál Walsh our Outreach Officer based in the Waterford Region.

(Although I'm sure this had something to do with the gentle conversation about the Border Extension of Waterford City - but let's not go there again.)

Some got up and recited poems and gave a few jokes. Dick even stood up and regaled us of tales of his sea faring days which were both fascinating and unbelievably exciting. Generally it was a wonderful way to end what was a wonderful event.

It was celebrated differently in each region and for those who could not come due to health reasons, we were delighted to bring them a bit of cheer this Christmas period too.

All in all, it was a day that truly is getting better and better and better every year. Here's to many more and a Very happy New Year to all of those that contact us seeking our support and offering us encouragement and to all Survivors and their families may 2017 be a prosperous and happy one!!

The Finish

Annual Report 2016


As a charitable organisation that supports Survivors of Institutional Abuse we are delighted to launch our Annual Report covering 2015.

This report is a small snapshot into the work that we carry out on behalf of Survivors across Ireland and those who contact us within our diaspora across the world.

2016 Annual Report for Right of Place Second Chance *(please note, opens in a new window)

Please click here to view.

Caranua Information Events (Waterford & Limerick)

Caranua information events in Waterford and Limerick

Caranua will host two information events in the coming weeks, in Waterford and Limerick. These events will provide an opportunity for people to talk to Caranua staff, and for Caranua to answer any questions you may have.

There is no entry fee, and you can come at any time from 10.30am, until the event closes at 1pm.

When: Saturday 19th November 2016
What time: 10.30am to 1pm
Where: Treacy’s Hotel, 1 Merchants Quay, Waterford*

*You can enter the venue via the main reception in Treacys, or alternatively there is a separate entrance that leads directly into where the event is being held. If you are facing Treacys Hotel the entrance is three doors down to the left from the main reception entrance. It is through a black door with ‘Jack Ts’ over the door.

Caranua information event - Limerick
When: Saturday 3rd December 2016
What time: 10.30am to 1pm
Where: Clarion Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick

Additional support for Mother and Baby homes investigation

Clann is a new project set up by Justice for Magdalenes Research and the Adoption Rights Alliance, to support people drafting statements for the Mother and Baby Homes Commission.

Clann is a new project that will offer support to those who wish to make a statement to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters. Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) and Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) have set up this project. It will help people giving statements to the Commission with support drafting statements. It will be delivered in association with global law firm Hogan Lovells.

Everyone who compiles a witness statement with Hogan Lovells’ assistance will retain a copy and will be free to use it for any other purpose, including making a written submission to the Commission should they wish not to appear in person. The Clann project has also created a Guide to the Commission of Investigation as a resource. Clann’s assistance will be available to people living anywhere in the world.

It is important to note that while the Commission is dealing with 18 institutions, assistance under this project will be offered to anyone with experience of Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothers and their children, and now adult adopted people, even if they do not fall under the list of the 18 institutions.

Clann will hold information sessions in Ireland, the UK and the US in due course.

Please note Right of Place is not involved in this project, but is a useful tool for those of us who have contacted us in relation to the Commission.

Clann Website:
Clann Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guide to the Commission of Investigation:
This can be found by clicking above, on Getting supports.


For any other enquiries, please feel free to contact us on 1890 200 709

"The Blue Boy" A Play that explores Institutional Abuse




A number of years ago Right of Place Second Chance worked with a wonderful theatre company, "Brokentalkers" as they looked to create a piece of Art that incorporated Survivors stories, experiences and life in Irelands Industrial Schools.

What was created in conjunction with Right of Place Second Chance and Brokentalkers was an award winning piece of Art that has been showcased around the globe and received rave reviews. Once again, Brokentalkers are bringing this piece back to the country of origin and the county where many Survivors offered their time and experience freely to feed into the piece.

The Blue Boy, is described as;

*Important* Caranua Information Events (Cork & Galway)

After a very successful information event held in Dublin this month, where Right of Place Second Chance had an information stand, Caranua are hosting similar events in Cork and Galway.

Caranua will host two further information events in Cork and Galway in early 2016. The events will provide information on support services available for survivors of Irish institutional abuse. In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.

Supports for survivors of institutional abuse – what’s available and where to go

LOCATION               WHERE                   DATE                     TIME

Cork                River Lee Hotel,Western Road, Cork                   Saturday 23rd April             10am - 1pm

Galway           Radisson Blu Hotel,Lough Atalia Rd, Galway      Saturday 14th May               10am - 1pm

Caranua will host two further information events in Cork and Galway. The events will provide information on support services available for survivors of Irish institutional abuse. In addition to Caranua, other organisations will also have information stands at the event.

This is not a conference, and will not have speakers, but will instead provide an opportunity for people to move between information stands to pick up information leaflets and ask questions.

There is no entry fee, and you can come at any time from 10am, until the events closes at 1pm.

Caranua intend to run more events in Limerick and Waterford later in 2016, and will announce details of these events in the autumn.

Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested!

Organisations taking Information Stands

In addition to Caranua, there will be other organisations in attendance at the events. They will have information tables where people can take information leaflets and speak to staff if they wish.

If you have any questions relating to these events, please contact one of your regional offices , by clicking here.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact Caranua directly, by clicking here. 

Educational Opportunities you never knew existed

Education Service

Remember Education does not have to be all about sitting in a room and looking at a book. Many of you will be aware of Mr. Pat Sheehan, a wonderful asset and supporter of our organisation who can facilitate educational opportunities for you and your family. So please have a read, you'll be surprised what can be done!!!!

Adult Education is more open than it has ever been.

Many adults go on short courses for different reasons, some of which are:

- A person wants to learn about using computers, the internet, e-mailing, booking holidays, keeping in touch with relatives and friends abroad with Skype. Learn how to Text.

- Wants to pay Motor Tax online or practise the Driving Theory Test. Apply for Driving Licence.

- Wants to improve their chances of finding a job or a better job

- Wants to improve their reading, writing, spelling, filling out forms

- Wants help with numbers

- Wants to improve their communication skills

- Wants a hobby

There are places available on the Art Class in St John’s College every Thursday at 10am. This Art Class is now 14 years in operation. Beginners are always welcome to try it out.

There are now more opportunities than ever in education. There are more courses available. There are more places offering courses such as Community Centres, Adult Education Centres, Colleges for Adults.

If you want any help for yourself or any of your relatives finding a course or advice on a course, or on funding and fees, a good place to start would be to contact Pat Sheehan (ETB Education Facilitator) to make an appointment to see him. Pat works exclusively with Adults who were in the Industrial Schools and their relatives. The appointment can take place in the ETB offices in Lavitt’s Quay, in the Right of Place offices on the Lower Glanmire Road or at a more convenient location for you.

Contact Pat the following ways:

Phone Right of Place offices (021)4551377 or Low Call 1890 200709 and leave a message.

Phone Pat directly on (086) 4073023

Phone the ETB offices on (021)4856363, ask for Pat or leave a message

Annual Reports


Here we publish our most recent Annual Report so that you can see the work that is being carried out.

We believe that the information contained within our Annual Reports, the record of the amount of calls and the types of calles is an invaluable resource in seeing the needs of Survivors and are pleased to publish our work in this section accordingly.


2015 Annual Report (Opens in a new window in .PDF)



Financial Statements



We believe in ensuring all our information is available to the public, our service users our funding partners.

We are committed to ensuring complete transparency in our work. Accordingly, please see below for our Financial Statements;


2016 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)


2015 Financial Statements

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2014 Financial Statements

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2013 Financial Statements

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2012 Financial Statements

- Please click here (Opens in pdf in a new window)