Saturday 10 December 2016

Grace's abuse: we need to talk about accountability

Those who failed to protect victims in foster care abuse scandal should resign now, writes the HSE whistleblower

HSE whistleblower

Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30

VULNERABLE: The whistleblower in the ‘South East Foster Care Abuse’ scandal asks why nobody else spoke up over the 20 years that 47 people were abused while in State care. Picture posed
VULNERABLE: The whistleblower in the ‘South East Foster Care Abuse’ scandal asks why nobody else spoke up over the 20 years that 47 people were abused while in State care. Picture posed

We need to talk about Grace. Grace is a name bestowed upon my client because, when her story first emerged, to all of you she was nameless and faceless, and because of some peculiar anomaly of the human condition, that means it was hard for you to truly empathise with the injustices perpetrated upon her by our state agencies.

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But I do know Grace. She has a name and she has a face. She is a wonderful person who has taught me more about resilience than any 'vulnerable' person should ever have to. But I won't tell you anything more about Grace, because you have no right to know about her. In fact, you already know more about her than you should.

And that should never have been the case. I should never have been required to disclose details of this case to the Public Accounts Committee, ultimately resulting in such public discussions of the alleged abuse suffered by Grace and other children or vulnerable adults over three decades.

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