Saturday 10 December 2016

A victory for care probe

Published 29/07/2010 | 05:00

IT is disturbing, but not too surprising, that the team investigating the deaths of children in the care of the State has quickly recognised that their facility for doing the job was extremely hampered.

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But it is reassuring to report that they have sought, and won, the extra powers they felt were necessary to ensure the integrity of their investigation.

The review group, which consists of child expert Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons, director of advocacy at Barnardos, was set up in March to examine children's care and to draw up recommendations to prevent further tragic incidents. The investigators vowed from the start that there would be no whitewash. They have already had to fight their corner more than once.

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