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Acknowledgement of application

49.The Board will provide an applicant with a written acknowledgement of receipt of the application form.  This acknowledgement will normally be sent within five days of receipt of the application by the Board and will assign to the applicant a personal reference code which he or she should always use when contacting the Board.

Applications given priority

50.In its consideration of applications, the Board will give priority to applicants –

(i)who were born before 1 January 1934, or

(ii)who are at the time when the application is made suffering from a medical illness or psychiatric condition which is life-threatening, as confirmed in writing by a letter from the applicant’s regular medical adviser.

Please note that as from the end of 2005, the Board will give priority under (i) to applicants born before 1 January 1936.

Conduct of application

51.The Board has a general power to make such directions and arrangements for the conduct of the application, including the imposition of conditions, as it considers appropriate in all the circumstances.

Further information from the applicant

52.On consideration of an application and any supporting evidence, the Board may request further information or further evidence from the applicant.  An applicant should note that if he or she fails to comply with reasonable requests for information or otherwise fails to give the Board full assistance in connection with the application, consideration of the application by the Board may be delayed and it is possible that the Board will not be satisfied that he or she is entitled to redress.

Enquiries of police and other bodies

53.In its consideration of an application, the Board may make its own enquiries as to any of the matters mentioned by the applicant from the Gardai/police, medical authorities and other relevant persons or bodies.

Notification of relevant person

54.The Act and Regulations made by the Minister require the Board, as soon as may be practicable following receipt of an application, to take such reasonable steps as are necessary to inform a “relevant person” that the application has been made.  A “relevant person” for this purpose is –

(a)any person who is referred to in the application as having carried out the acts of abuse described by the applicant, and

(b)in the case of any institution referred to in the application as being the institution in which the those acts of abuse were carried out, the person who is concerned with the systems of management, administration, operation, supervision, inspection and regulation of such institution as the institution concerned may determine and specify in writing to the Board.

55.Where the Board so informs any relevant person, it will invite him or her to provide it with any evidence in writing concerning such application as the relevant person considers appropriate. For this purpose, a relevant person will be entitled, on request in writing to the Board, to receive a copy of the application form together with a copy of

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