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Any FOI enquiries should be made to Deirdre Kellett, FOI Officer, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, Floor 2, St Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Ph:01 6441137 or email at

Information about the Commission

The Commission was established on 23 May, 2000, pursuant to the “Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act 2000” and given three primary functions:

The investigative and reporting work of the Commission has been completed with the publication of its report in 2009 (link to report).

A small team of staff remain to settle outstanding legal bills of costs and complete the administrative tasks associated with the handover of its records to the National Archives as outlined in the Government decision taken in July 2013 to retain the records of the Commission in the National Archives. 

The Dept of Education and Skills is currently working on legislation to facilitate the retention of the records of the Commission in a sealed archive for a period of 75 years by the National Archives following the dissolution of the Commission.

Services provided to the public

The Commission having completed its investigations and published its report has completed its work and no longer engages directly with the public.  The publications of the Commission remain available to the Public on the Commission’s website.

Decision making process for major policy proposals

The Commissioners have stood down from their posts.  The Chairperson of the Commission Mr Justice Sean Ryan has returned to serve as head of the Appeals Courts but remains on as the unpaid head of the Commission until it closes later this year.
There are no further policy proposals to be considered or developed at this stage for the Commission.

Financial Information

All financial matters for the Commission are handled by the Department of Education and Skills


As the Commission will be closing later this year it will not need to procure any further goods or services.  The Accommodation for the Commission is looked after by the Office of Public Works.

FOI Disclosure log and other information to be published routinely.

The Freedom of Information Act applies to the administrative records of the Commission only.  It has not received any valid requests to date.

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