Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy correspondence

 

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

Rachamim, 13/14 Moyle Park, Convent Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Tel: (01) 4673737 Fax: (01) 4673749 Email: mercy@csm.ie

Mr Ruam Quinn, T.D.,

Minister for Education and Skills, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street,

Dublin 1

29mMay, 2012

Dear Minister Quinn,

During the period of this extension I suggest that discussions be facilitated between the Provincial Leadership, Educena and your Department in order to arrive at a solution which will provide the best educational outcome for the local population.

Cobh Convent, Co. Cork

I confirm that, if and when the Convent is sold, the net proceeds of sale, after all expenses necessarily incurred in its maintenance, holding and sale, will be provided to the Statutory Fund or, in the event that it is fully subscribed, will be provided to the fund for the new National Children’s Hospital.

Transfer of School Infrastructure

Our Congregation has already acted to ensure that its school infrastructure is preserved for the benefit of education. We are not willing to enter negotiations with Government towards its fulfilment of the commitment which it made in its Programme for Government for the transfer of school infrastructure, currently owned by 18 religious orders cited in the Ryan Report, at no extra cost, to the State.

Should the Government withdraw from the foregoing commitment, our Congregation may give consideration as to how it could participate in conversations regarding patronage, diversity, trusteeship and ownership of schools in an environment that is inclusive of all partners.

Health Infrastructure

I understand that you are referring to St Columba’s Convent – a property of the Southern Province. This is not a hospital property, it does not form part of the State’s health infrastructure and is not part of our Contribution. Communications regarding the possibility of its sale to the HSE are being conducted between the HSE and Sr Liz Murphy, Provincial Leader.

Proposed Statutory Fund

It remains a matter of very considerable disappointment to our Congregation that the Statutory Fund will not be available to former residents who elected not to seek an award from the Residential Institutions Redress Board. I note that the question of eligibility will be reviewed in the event of applications to the Fund not exhausting its resources. I suggest that such a review be time-bound and that it take place within 18 months of the establishment of the Fund. I would appreciate your views in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

 

and the Sue Ryder Foundation. I request your consideration of and assistance in this matter.

Statutory Fund

(i) Cash Payments

I confirm that our Provinces will contribute to the Statutory Fund, following its enactment, as follows:-

Southern Province: The Southern Province promised cash in the sum of €4 million.

€2 million of that sum has been lodged to an interest bearing account and the interest earned as at 10 May 2012 is €86,559.26. A further €1 million will be lodged to the interest bearing account on 1 July 2012. The said €3 million plus interest will then be paid to the Statutory Fund within four weeks of enactment. The final sum of €1 million will be paid on 1 July 2013.

Western Province: The Western Province promised cash in the sum of €5 million.

€2 million of that sum has been lodged to an interest bearing account and the interest earned as at May 2012 is €61,500. A further €1 million will be lodged to the interest bearing account in July 2012. The said €3 million, together with interest accrued thereon will be paid within four weeks of enactment of the Statutory Fund. A further €1 million will be paid in July 2013 and again in July 2014.

Northern Province: The Northern Province promised cash in the sum of €1 million.

The entire €1 million was lodged to an interest bearing account in July 2010 and will be paid within four weeks of enactment. To date the interest earned on this sum is €61,500.

South Central Province: The South Central Province promised cash in the sum of €10 million.

The entire of this sum has been lodged to an interest.

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