State is failing to protect children properly but we don't seem to care
The extent to which this country really cares about child protection remains very much open to question. In 2012, a report was produced that reviewed the deaths of children who were either in the care of the State, or who were known to the State's care services, and why they died.
The 'Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group' was published by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and was written by family law expert Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons of Barnardos.
What prompted it was the revelation that some 200 children in the care of the State had died in the previous 10 years, many from natural causes, some by violence.