Saturday 21 October 2017

Four additional Aras Attracta employees now being investigated

Áras Attracta
Áras Attracta
Aras Attracta

Sarah Jane Murphy

A further four employees at the Áras Attracta home for people with intellectual disabilities are being investigated into alleged abuse at the facility.

A Health Services Executive (HSE) spokesperson confirmed the development to Independent.ie, saying that no decision had been taken on whether to put the people concerned off duty.

The HSE runs the facility in Swinford, Co Mayo.

In a statement today, the HSE said: “As part of the ongoing Trust in Care investigation into Aras Attracta and following viewing of the RTÉ Investigations Unit footage by the investigation team, a number of additional staff will now form part of the Trust in Care investigation."

"Due process is under way at this stage. The HSE wishes to reassure families and residents that plans are in place to ensure that there is no disruption in service to residents.”

Following the programme by the RTÉ Investigations Unit, the HSE selected an executive from the voluntary disability sector, Christy Lynch, to lead a Trust in Care investigation into the programme's allegations.

To date, 14 Áras Attracta workers have been suspended on full pay on foot of the investigation.

In July, one employee was suspended and one contract worker was let go.

Five female staff members and one male employee were charged with assault alleged to have taken place at Bungalow Three.

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