Ruairi Quinn is saying that the Orders can't pay their share of the costs of Institutional abuse. He is talking about taking over schools and hospitals, but ownership has been shifted to Trusts.
If the will was there legislation could be passed to secure these properties.
EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn yesterday admitted publicly for the first time that religious orders don't have the cash or assets to pay their share of the compensation bill for abuse.
And he said he had no intention of bankrupting the orders -- which leaves him facing a massive battle to recover their half of a €1.5bn bill.
The taxpayer is already picking up €750m of the expected final cost but now faces having to pay far more.