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

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2015 Financial Statements

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2014 Financial Statements

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2013 Financial Statements

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2012 Financial Statements

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Summer 2013 Newsletter



The Following Newsletter was published, printed and sent during the week ending the 23rd of August 2013. (Please see below for link)

*Please kindly note, there is two separate links, with a total of 4 pages)

Front Page and Back Page (opens in New Window)

Middle Pages (opens in New Window)


This Newsletter was distributed to our members and is also available for anybody to view in each of our Regional Centres, should you not be a member but wish to pick up a copy. Additionally to this, it was distributed to many of the agencies we deal with, to keep them informed of developments in Survivors lives and to aid them referring Survivors onto our Services, should they present themselves and not no who Right of Place Second Chance is.


We hope you find/found it interesting and we hope there is some information contained within that is of some benefit to you and your family. There was also a number of other items that could not fit into the newsletter this time, that may include some useful information and this is detailed below;



My name is Francis O’Donnell and I am an ex. pupil of Brothers of Charity, Lota.  I would be grateful if the following named people who are also ex. pupils of Brothers of Charity, Lota would make contact with me as I have some information to pass on to them –


William Dee

Con Horan

Patrick O'Sullivan

Thomas Wallace


I can be contacted through the Right of Place Second Chance office in Cork at

021 4551377 (from Ireland) or 00 353 21 4551377 from Northern Ireland/Great Britain.




Information, photographs requested for the family of Kevin Cassidy, born in Dublin. Mr Cassidy is a former resident of Upton from dates 1947-1953.  Please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377 if you have any details on Mr Cassidy.



Final request for information, photographs and stories of the late Arthur Greene, former resident of Upton 1959-1965. .  Arthur Greene was an avid basketballer with Upton. Arthur’s children have no information or photographs of their father and are very eager to have some information on him. Please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377 if you have any details on Arthur Greene.


Kerry Drop In Centre:

A Drop in Centre for the Kerry Region was opened on 2nd July 2013. The drop in centre runs every Tuesday evening in Cumman Ioseaf Community Centre, Balloonagh, Tralee, Co Kerry.  Meet fellow survivors, get involved in upcoming events, exhibitions and outings. Open to all survivors and their family.  For more information contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


Art Exhibitions in Cork and Kerry Regions:

An Art Exhibition ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ which showcases survivors Art, Poetry, Prose , Photographs and Crafts will be held in

Blackpool Library 16th -23rd July –open to the general public.

Tralee Town Library 23rd-30th September – open to the general public.

Request of arts, poetry, prose, photographs and crafts to be placed in the exhibition. Please contact the Cork office at 0214551377.

Poetry Competition in Cork and Kerry Regions:

A poetry competition is being held over the course of the summer. All entries to the competition are to be received no later than the 30th of August.

1st Prize: 200 euro

2nd Prize: 75  euro

3rd Prize: 50  euro.

The winner will be chosen by Billy Keane, son of acclaimed Irish poet and playwright, John B. Keane on the 27th September 2013.  An event will be held in the John B. Keane pub in Listowel, Co Kerry.

Research and Request for Participants:

A Study into the Abuse at Letterfrack Industrial School is being undertaken by Psychologist Jerry Lynch.  Jerry, who has worked with a number of survivors from Letterfrack feels that the abuse that went on in Letterfrack needs to be highlighted.  If you are interested in participating please contact Annemarie Crean, Outreach Coordinator, Cork and Kerry Regions, at 0214551377 for further information.


“The Magdalene Institutions: Recording an Oral and Archival History” is being conducted via the Women’s Studies Centre in University College Dublin.  As many women will not get the opportunity to have their stories and experiences of the Laundries told UCD are offering women the chance to have their stories put down in paper and recorded.  If you have any knowledge on the Magdelene Laundries, have experiences of the Laundries and are willing to participate please contact Annemarie Crean Outreach Coordinator Cork and Kerry Regions, at 0214551377 for further information.



Our Art Class in Cork has run very successfully this year with pieces being included in the upcoming Art Exhibitions.  The classes have finished for the summer but will return in the Autumn. If you are interested in attending please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


Our Woodwork Practical Class will be running in the Autumn in Cork. If you are interested please contact the Cork Office at 0214551377.


We are hoping to get Classes established in the Kerry Region in the next number of months.

Financial Audited Accounts - 2012

Right of Place Second Chance is pleased to publicly make available our Annual Audited Accounts for 2012.


We are always thankful for the continued support of our funding Partners, namely;

The HSE,

The Department of Education,

The St. Stephens Green Trust Fund

And the many Individuals who donate, who offer their time and their expertise in our quest to advance and promote our shared goal - advancing the lives of Survivors and their families.


To view our 2012 Audited Accounts pl ease click here to view

Art Exhibition - Cork "Walk a mile in my shoes"


After the huge success of this event last year in Waterford City, it was decided to expand this into our other regions.


Have a read, pop in and have a look if you are around and most importantly if you have anything that you would like submitted give Ann Marie a call in Cork :)






  • · ART WORK
  • · PROSE
  • · CRAFTS









Exciting News - Opening of a Kerry Regional Drop in Centre












Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board's Website (updated)



The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board have established a new website. (more commonly known as the Trust Fund)


The contents of this website include;


  • More Information
  • Contents and Minutes of any meetings the New Board have
  • A section on Press Releases
  • An Area to Contact them
  • An option to register for updates and Register your interest


It is important to note, that if you feel in any way uncomfortable registering your details with the Board, any new information / updates will be available on our website, posted to our members through our Newsletter and all our staff are kept appraised of the latest information.

It is also crucial to understand that the full workings of the board, its full remit and how to submit applications has not yet been agreed!

This means that, they will not accept applications for assistance at this point, nor have they fully completed the Process of advising what assistance will be available.

There new Website is;

Please click here


If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Upcoming Social Outing for the cork Region



*Right of Place Second Chance have organised an event running Friday the 28th June to  Kayak Cork Harbour  Centre.

*The outing will include transportation, cost of events for the day and lunch:

The Events are as follows:

Archery and The Sharp Shooter Competition – which one of the group will be hailed the Sharp Shooter for the day?

Orienteering – This is a great way to get to know others in your group and build rapport among the group.

* The bus will be leaving ROPSC offices in Cork the morning of the 28th.

* Places are limited so first come first serve policy applies.

* To arrange a place please contact

Annemarie Crean or Cork Office

0214551377 / 1890 200 709

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Please get you name in as early as possible, places are limited and there is already considerable interest. Also Please note that this is the beginning of a series of events, planned for each of our regions, particularly our Cork / Kerry Region. So Hurry get your name in!


Once again, would like to send a big thanks to our Cork office and staff for their commitment to making these Projects a reality!





The Women's Studies Centre, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin is currently running a research project titled;
The Magdalene Institution  Recording an Oral and Archival History.
The aim of the project is to interview people with a wide range of experiences and perspectives on the Magdalene Institutions.  Right of Place is currently working with the study in relation to recruiting possible participants and ensuring that those with experience of the Laundries get the opportunity to discuss their experiences in a confidential manner.
The project is operating with the strictest protocols to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all participants. The research aims to provide the opportunity for people to have their story told.
If you have any queries, looking to be a participant or know of someone who is interested in participating please contact.
Annemarie Crean
Outreach Coordinator
Right of Place Second Chance
100-101 Lower Glanmire Rd
0214551377 / 1890 200 709.



Invitation to Tender: An Organisational Review leading to a five year strategic Plan


Is it enough to say you are doing a good job?

Is it enough to look at yourself and your own organisation and think we can't do anymore?


The simple answer from Right of Place Second Chance is - NO!


As a result Right of Place Second Chance, are inviting suitably qualified persons to tender to carry out an organisational review leading to a five year strategic plan for the organisation.

The purpose of this review is for a person with external expertise to come in and look at the services we offer, the systems we have in place and to make suggestions to improve them.

We also want this individual/organisation to talk with our staff, our members and our clients to find out what is important to them over the next number of years and what direction our charity should take to best meet the needs of Survivors.


This is yet another milestone in Right of Place Second Chance's development. Despite the changes we have made in the last two years, we want to remain dynamic and proactive and it is, yet again, another first for Survivor Groups. We would also like to afford a special mention to the St. Stephen's Green Trust for the assistance in carrying out this review.

So if you have an interest in carrying out this external review and you are suitably qualified / experienced, we would invite you to send your application to us. The Details of the review is listed below;



Support a Survivor - support his talents



The following below is an extract from a book currently being developed by a Survivor who is a member of our organisation.

His name is Patrick Strahan and Patrick has always offered his support, advice and information to our organisation.

What is extraordinary about Patrick is his life story - his talents are exceptional and we always believe in promoting the best that Survivors have to offer and it has to be said - Patrick is the best at what he does.


Patrick (aswell as being a talented writer) is also an extremely talented craftsman. Patrick is a master at forging and with the support of those closest to him has rejuvenated a wonderful piece of history, into his art.


So below is a small extract from a book he is working on, but even further down from that is information on his Professional life, his work and I hope all Survivors / our supporters and everybody else supports him in his excellent work.

From us to you Patrick, keep up the great work;


As I drove back into the picnic area I'm relieved that it's empty no cars, no people. The daylight is almost gone and I put on the handbrake looking up at a few bright stars appearing in the summer sky. As I sit there running through my thoughts I open a can of beer and light a cigarette. The lights of Dublin city below are clashing with the ever darkening sky and it somehow reflect the conflict that's within me.

I thought I'd never reach eighteen years of age, that marked the day I would officially be free I could make my own decisions without interference. I pondered over my young life and tried to make some sense of my journey, three years with my mother, eleven years in a child prison and a college education behind me. I was so emotionally challenged that I couldn't identify the borderline between happiness and sadness which left me walking the tight rope between being carefree and careless. A self diagnosed educated mad man.

Raised by nuns left me feeling lonely, confused, insecure, angry and a deep sense of injustice about the collective one size fits all treatment I received over the years. I really tried my best to understand and respect their unique approach to life. It was an almost impossible task as they were completely and utterly unwilling to discuss or negotiate in any context subjects that were not within the parameters of the Catholic brand. They had for whatever reason decided to give their life to Jesus and I didn't have a problem with their right to make that choice.

I certainly had a major problem with their expectation that, that was the best and only route for me. I had to suppress and hide my views, because I was in a situation where if I wasn't prepared to accept that my primary purpose in this life was to prepare a place for myself in the next one, then I was open to mental and emotional abuse. There also seemed to be a theory that if I had any resistance to this great message and could not embrace it, then they were quite willing to beat it into me. In this very insular environment where impulse or spontaneity were not encouraged it was nothing short of spiritual abuse.

I was taken from a mother who according to the court detention papers was unfit, well that's all it said in the little yellow box. A simple yet shrewd country girl with lots of children and lots of fathers. The fact that she loved us was only a minor detail when the powers that be came to remove us from the family home. A family unit that desperately needed support was thorn apart with brothers and sisters sent to different industrial schools based on age difference. My beautiful darling brother Dermot and myself were put in the same mini bus, instantly I became his protector, at the ripe age of 3 years just a year younger than myself he was my family until his death ten years later. He was a super kid with a great passion for life and although his medical diagnosis from an early age was not optimistic he remained active up to the last week of his life. I loved him beyond anything words can explain and I still miss him today. It seemed to me that the people overseeing my affairs at that time didn't realize that there is no trade off for love. "



Additionally to this, I implore you to have a look at the wonderful creative Artwork talents that Patrick has. The company that he and his wife have founded and started, deserves all the support it can get. You don't believe me? Take a look for yourself -


Well Done again Patrick and to your continued success!!!!!!

Art Classes for Survivors


Are you the Next Picasso, Van Gogh or Manét?


Well me neither -  but that is going to stop me from attending the Art Classes being facilitated for Survivors through Right of Place Second Chance. This Programme has been successfully run over the last number of years and it is being rejuvinated again!

So if you are interested, want to share some time with Fellow Survivors and unleash the next Mona Lisa onto the online casino review World then check out the below information;















CORK OFFICE    0214551377/ 189200709

PAT SHEEHAN   086 086 2978


***As with all our Services, You do not have to be a member of Right of Place to be part of the workshop****

Practical Work Classes in Cork/Kerry Region


A fantastic Initiative is being developed in our Cork Region, with the assistance of Pat Sheehan, VEC (Cork) to facilitate Practical classes into the future. At this stage, we have several names of people interested, however if you want to be a part of it, please call our Cork Regional Office to enquire or even offer your own suggestions/information.
























It is a great way of getting involved, having fun and at the same time learning a new skill


***As with all our Services, You do not have to be a member of Right of Place to be part of the workshop****


CORK OFFICE - 0214551377 /1890 200 709

PAT SHEEHAN - 0860862978

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board's Website



To all Survivors,


The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board have established their own website, which will, into the future, contain much information about it's workings and development.


Currently on the site is a copy of the Press Release that was issued when the Board was established and it is hoped that as the official workings and information becomes more developed this will be put up. Any useful/important information that is shared, will also be put up on this site. If you need any assistance or further information, as always please feel free to contact us.


Additionally to this, I hope you understand that as the Board have only had the occasion to meet once since their appointments, it will be some time before more concrete information is put up.

*****Whilst the Contact details have been agreed & Website, the exact nature of their supports, how to apply etc have not yet been established. ******


As such any application that you may send to the address and details will not be accepted as applications to the New Fund.

It is envisaged the application process etc will take a number of months to be established & agreed, which is understandable considering the importance of the Fund, so please be conscious of this. However;


To view the website, please click here.


Alternatively the New website address is:

Minister Quinn announces the establishment of the Residential institutions Statutory Fund (Important Information)


* Important to keep reading below for Q & A of the common questions we have already experienced from our clients

Minister Quinn announces establishment of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund


The Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (RISF) is to be officially established next Monday, the 25th of March.  The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D.  is also announcing the appointment of the members of the RISF Board and the designation of the first CEO.


The RISF Board is a new body which is being established under the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012. The Board will oversee the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuse.  These survivors have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards.


The support to be provided will include a range of approved services, including health and personal social services, education and housing services.  To date €40m in cash contributions have been received from the congregations and a further €27m is expected on the establishment of the Fund.


Minister Quinn said, “The establishment of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board represents a critically important step in responding to the needs of those who were subjected to horrendous abuse while children in residential institutions. I greatly appreciate the fact that the members have agreed to contribute to the work of the Board and I wish them well in their work. While the tasks facing the Fund are significant, I am confident that it will make a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of the survivors of institutional abuse.”


The composition of the Board is as follows:


Ms Sylda Langford, Chairperson


Ordinary Members (former residents of institutions)


  • Mr Paddy Doyle
  • Ms Bernadette Fahy
  • Ms Phyllis Morgan
  • Mr Martin Power



Other Ordinary Members


  • Mr Damian Casey
  • Mr Austin Currie
  • Mr Tom Daly
  • Ms Katherine Finn BL

The Board members are appointed for a four year term of office, commencing on 25th March, 2013.  The positions are not remunerated.


The Minister also announced that Ms Mary Higgins is to be appointed as chief executive officer of the RISF Board.  She was selected following a recruitment campaign held by the Public Appointments Service.


The Minister also commenced Part 4 of the 2012 Act, which dissolves the Education Finance Board and transfers its remaining functions and staff to the RISF, with effect from 29th March 2013.




Q & A


Will Right of Place Second Chance continue to be funded?


We have had a number of enquiries from our clients who access our Services on a regular basis surrounding this issue. I can categorically confirm that we will indeed continue to be funded and there is no need to fear surrounding this. We have only ever been funded by the HSE, the St. Stephens Green Trust Fund and received a small amount from the Department of Education.


This fund is not being established to support groups, but to support Survivors. We will continue to receive our funding from the HSE and will continue to support Survivors and their families where we possibly can. We will also be available to offer assistance to any Survivor living in Ireland, the UK and further afield in applying for support from the Statutory Trust Fund.

It is imperative that Survivors do not fear, as we will continue to be funded by the HSE, of which we are grateful for their continued support and encouragement. Ensuring we remain open is even more imperative at this present stage to ensure Survivors 1) Gain access to the supports we offer and 2) Those most vulnerable have a support base to help them apply and make appeals for their needs to the RISF


What can I apply for?

Whilst there was guidelines set down in the Bill, the exact nature and types of support offered by the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund will become apparent over the next couple of weeks. The Board are due to meet this Wednesday (27th March 2013) and this will be discussed. Due to our links and information we will get it as soon as it becomes available and as soon as we have it our members and general Survivor population will receive it.


How do I apply?

Again this question is answered in the above statement. It will take the Board and CEO of the RISF a number of weeks in which to meet to discuss the exact criteria into how a Survivor applys, however our offices, phone network, e-mail support and Newsletters will be published once this becomes more apparent.


Will you let me no when more information becomes available?

Right of Place is committed to ensuring our clients have correct, factual and accurate information as soon as it becomes available. We will be holding open days in our Office Centres and other areas across Ireland in the Near future, will have all our staff trained on the information should you wish to call, we will send out a Newsletter/pamphlet to explain the information and we will be making many media appearances to ensure all Survivors have access to the neccessary information.

Additionally to this, we hope to work with the Board to establish information and material to be distributed to Survivors explaining how the RISF can support them. This should ensure you that when the information becomes available, you will have it ASAP.


Will Right of Place Help me in my application?

We are a support group whose only aim is to assist Survivors. This includes applications to the New RISF so please feel free to call us by looking at any of our information as detailed by clicking here. (Opens in a new window)

Who is Mary Higgins?


Mary Higgins has been nominated as the CEO of the Board. Mary was previously Director of the Homeless Agency and Director of the Homeless initiative. Additionally to this Mary also held the position of Director of Threshold. More recently Mary was a Social and Management Policy Consultant and sat on the Network created by the St. Stephen's Green Trust, which assists and deals with a number of Survivor Groups assisting them in the delivery of their services. As part of this work she also carried out research into the needs of Survivors of Institutional Abuse, of which can be viewed by clicking here. Having dealt with Mary on a Professional capacity over the last 24 months, we can assure our Clients that Mary is very aware of Survivors needs and we very much view her appointment as a positive step for the advancement of Survivors lives.


So What now?


Now that the Board has been announced and the CEO put in place, they will meet to discuss the eligibility criteria. This will mean how does a Survivor apply for support, what can they apply for etc. Once this is finalised we hope to be in a position to inform our members and clients immediately through the delivery of this information by post, by phone and through local media outlets.

Micheál Walsh on Deise AM Radio re: Magdalene Laundries and Opening of New Offices



Recently our Outreach Manager for the Waterford and Eastern Region was asked to come onto, Waterfords Most listened to Radio Show, Deise AM with Billy McCarthy to discuss the recent publication of the Magdalene Laundries Report.

In this Interview Micheál Discussed the Report further and again re-iterated the importance to recognise the possibility the report had to re-traumatise Survivors of Institutional Abuse.

In the Second Part of the Interview, Micheál went on to discuss the opening of the New Drop In and Educational Centre for Right of Place Second Chance that has been two years in the development and looked to appeal for support from the public of Waterford.

It is important to note the support that has been generated from the public and the assistance that was offered as soon as the radio interview was complete. We are particularly grateful to the lady from Waterford City who called 5 minutes after the Interview and has aided us in getting much of the Office furniture that was/is needed.

Whilst she did not want to be named, our Heartfelt thanks to her and to the other individual's who called and offered what they could and who had heard of the work that we were doing and were only to eager to offer their assistance.


The interview can be listened to here:

Please note interview is

  1. DEISE AM - Thursday 21st of February
  2. Second Part to Listen to and begins on 25 minutes.

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