From RTE News online
People who were abused in industrial schools or other residential institutions during the past 80 years can claim compensation from tomorrow.
The scheme is confidential and is open to anyone who was abused physically or sexually while resident in an industrial school or similar institution at any time since the foundation of the State. It will also provide compensation for emotional abuse or neglect.
The scheme is administered by the Residential Institutions Redress Board, which was set up by the Oireachtas earlier this year. The chairperson is Judge Kieran O'Connor, who was a Circuit Court judge from 1988 until he retired last year.
The board is based in Dublin and it placed advertisments in the Sunday newspapers inviting people who feel they are entitled to compensation to contact it, directly or through a solicitor.