Department of health moves towards inquiry
The Dept of Health may consider a Commission of Investigation into allegations of abuse at a former HSE-funded care facility.
The move follows reports that a whistleblower, who informed the PAC of the abuse allegations, has repeatedly criticised the Government's response to the disclosure. The PAC was informed of claims that up to 40 vulnerable children were placed at risk of abuse at a HSE-funded facility over two decades up to 2009.
The HSE had previously authorised its own reports at a cost of more than €200,000. However, they remain unpublished.
Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch recently contacted the whistleblower to advising that the reports cannot be published until a Garda investigation is complete
The whistleblower is calling for more substantive examination of the allegations.
In a statement the Dept of Health said: "In advance of completion of the exercise by Senior Counsel the ministers have not ruled out the possibility of further investigations or the format these might take".