Thursday 27 April 2017

No repeat of House of Horror

IN what must be its most contrite admission of failure to date, the Health Service Executive has apologised to six children who were horribly abused by their parents for years.

To its credit, the HSE did not attempt to hide behind the fact that the workers who failed to protect the children were attached to the Western Health Board before it was subsumed into the HSE. Nor did it plead lack of resources, as so often happens when things go wrong in the public service.

The family living in what would become known as the 'House of Horrors' first came to the attention of the then Western Health Board in 1989. Yet the family was only placed on the social service's "at risk" register seven years later, and it was not until 2004 that the six children were put into foster care to protect them from their parents.

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