Sunday 22 October 2017

Caring for the most vulnerable

IN the course of a tense Dail debate on the issue of non-publication of reports on children who had died while in the care of the State, there were accusations that people were playing politics with these human tragedies. Inevitably, by its nature, the State's treatment of children must be political, especially when deaths are involved.

The delivery of state services is something that should exercise our political representatives more than it does, and the care of the most vulnerable in society has to be a priority.

Disclosures about Tracey Fay have led to the revelation that another 20 reports on children who died in care in the past decade are at some stage of preparation. None has yet been published. In fact, no such reports have seen the light since the inception of the HSE in 2005. The concerns of the public are very real. At a time of economic prosperity, it may be easy to turn a blind eye to the weak and marginalised.

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