Tuesday 19 September 2017

Despite the denials, it is hard to shake suspicion of cover-up in foster debacle

Many view a commission of investigation as the best forum to get to the truth in the Grace case, writes Shane Phelan

Shameful saga: Bizarre decisions in relation to the care of Grace remain unexplained — including the fact she was returned to her foster home in 2009 after being seen at a sexual assault unit. Picture posed.
Shameful saga: Bizarre decisions in relation to the care of Grace remain unexplained — including the fact she was returned to her foster home in 2009 after being seen at a sexual assault unit. Picture posed.
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

THE "unreserved and heartfelt apology" issued by the HSE to former residents of the ‘Grace’ case foster home in the south east was significant but does not represent any line in the sand in the shameful saga.

Two long-delayed reports published during the week examined the mishandling by the health services of physical and sexual abuse allegations at the home where intellectually disabled children were sent for over three decades.

While the reports, by Conal Devine & Associates and Resilience Ireland, did much to flesh out the stories of the residents, they were frustrating reads and leave many questions unanswered.

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