Tuesday 17 January 2017

We're failing our vulnerable

Published 18/05/2010 | 05:00

DANIEL McAnaspie lived a chaotic life and died a horrible death. On February 26 he absconded from a health service residential facility for young people in need of care. His body, showing the marks of six or more stab wounds, was found in a drain in Co Meath last Thursday. He was 17 years old.

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Yesterday members of his family accused the HSE of not having given him the help he needed. They pointed out that he was exceptionally vulnerable, "not streetwise". They painted a shocking picture in which he would turn up at garda stations seeking a bed for the night. They claimed that this boy had been failed by the State. And they can cite a dreadful record.

More than 20 young persons have died in state care in the past 10 years. Until Thursday, the official figure was 23; Daniel, the first to be murdered, makes 24. The true figure may be even higher.

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