Redress scheme for school abused is failing survivors, Council of Ministers is told

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission tells council that Ireland is taking a defensive position ‘informed by suspicion and distrust’ in relation to redress for those abused in the school system

19th December, 2021
Redress scheme for school abused is failing survivors, Council of Ministers is told
Louise O’Keeffe, who was sexually abused by her teacher in a Co Cork primary school: won a European court case that found Ireland had failed to protect her. Picture: Collins

A state redress scheme for victims of abuse in school continues to fail survivors seven years after a judgment was secured by a Cork woman, the Council of Europe’s highest body has been told.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) wrote to the Council of Ministers, a senior body within the Council of Europe, earlier this month to say that a new redress scheme established earlier this year was restrictive, insensitive,...

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