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Sunday 24 September 2017

Just 1.5kg of meat was used to feed 67 children

Links Creche at the Corn Mill on Distillery Road off Clonliffe Road. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Links Creche at the Corn Mill on Distillery Road off Clonliffe Road. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE owners of a creche at the centre of the childcare controversy were criticised for not serving enough protein and vegetables to children in their care.

An HSE inspection report for a Links facility in Drumcondra, Dublin, said that in October 2011, beef stroganoff and rice was being served to children, but the meal consisted "mainly of rice with very minimal meat and vegetables".

"We were informed that 1.5kg of meat is used daily for dinner (1.5kg of beef was used to feed 67 children and babies)," the report said.

Links operates 10 childcare facilities, including one in Abington in Malahide which was among three named in an RTE expose of poor standards.

Inspection reports for three other facilities – Kinsealy, Portmarnock and Drumcondra – show that inspectors raised concerns about vetting of staff, procedures not being documented, too few workers on duty, children having access to suncream and Milton sterilising fluid and an insufficient number of bed spaces for children.

Other issues identified in the three creches were hot water not being available in sinks, record-keeping and babies feeding themselves bottles.

The reports date from August and October 2011, and October and November 2012.

Links Childcare said it would not be making any comment.

Irish Independent

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