Friday 22 September 2017

PAC delays hearing on 'Grace' case evidence

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A decision on whether to allow a whistleblower behind the 'Grace' case to address the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee has been delayed.

PAC chairman Sean Fleming had said he would look favourably on a request from the woman to be allowed to challenge evidence given by the Health Service Executive.

However, in his absence yesterday committee members decided they needed more information from the HSE first and to consider whether an appearance by the whistleblower could affect the Commission of Investigation set up by the Government.

'Grace' is a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was left in the care of a foster family for two decades despite physical abuse, neglect and suspected sexual abuse.

In a letter to the PAC, the woman who first raised her plight said evidence given by the HSE to the committee "had fallen far short" of what might be expected.

She asked to be "urgently" granted an opportunity "to address certain matters".

Irish Independent

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