Friday 23 June 2017

Gardaí to probe five HSE staff over abuse

Labour's Kathleen Lynch. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Labour's Kathleen Lynch. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

As many as five health service workers are facing a garda investigation into their handling of sexual and physical abuse concerns at a foster home.

The Irish Independent has learned a whistleblower has given gardaí a detailed statement in relation to the alleged failings of these individuals.

The health staff have been implicated for allegedly failing to ensure the safety of vulnerable children and adults, some of whom have intellectual disabilities, despite being aware of abuse concerns.

The revelation came as Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch announced that she was recommending the setting-up of a commission of investigation into the matter.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the Cabinet would discuss the proposed inquiry today.

The commission of investigation will run in tandem with a garda probe, which has been ongoing in the south-east since late last year.

Irish Independent

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