Monday 27 March 2017

Female teacher wins sex abuse case

Tim Healy

A RETIRED teacher yesterday got a High Court order quashing a report by the HSE in to an allegation she sexually abused a nine-year-old pupil.

It is alleged she inappropriately touched the boy when he went to the toilet on a number of occasions in the early 1990s.

Described by her counsel as a sought-after teacher for her work with children with particular special needs, the woman strenuously denies the allegation.

The High Court found yesterday she was not afforded fair procedures and was entitled to have her good name and right to earn a livelihood protected.

The court ordered nothing should be published which would identify the complainant, who is now 70 years old, in the case.

The woman sought declarations from the court that the HSE acted unreasonably or irrationally in the way in which the report was compiled.

The HSE denied her claims and said it had a statutory duty to investigate the allegation.

The HSE's final report contained four recommendations, one of which was for the HSE to formally notify the gardai of the allegation.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Daniel O'Keefe quashed the second and final report.

Irish Independent

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