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Giraffe Childcare, Stepaside, was named in RTE expose

Giraffe Childcare, Stepaside, was named in RTE expose

Giraffe Childcare, Stepaside, was named in RTE expose

An eight-year-old boy who as a baby attended a crèche mentioned in an RTÉ exposé on the treatment of pre-school children has settled his High Court action for €30,000.

Lucas Doyle was under two years of age when it is claimed footage of the 'A Breach of Trust' documentary shows him being allegedly strapped in to a chair for two hours at the Giraffe crèche, Belarmine, Co Dublin.

Mr Justice Garret Simons approved a settlement of €30,000 in the boy's case.

Lucas, of Stepaside, Dublin, through his mother Aisling Emmet, sued Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company and its managing director Simon Dowling.

The boy attended the crèche between August 2012 and May 2013 until he was one year and eight months.

In 2013, the Belarmine Giraffe crèche was one of three premises selected by the RTÉ 'Prime Time Investigates' programme to be the subject of an undercover investigation in to the standard of care provided by pre-school services.

It is claimed that 10 days before the documentary was aired the producer and cameraman of the programme came to the boy's home with footage due to be broadcast. The footage, it is claimed, showed Lucas in a room where children were allegedly being shouted at. It is claimed the footage showed Lucas was allegedly restrained in a chair for two hours on one day.

The boy was later reported to have recovered well from any alleged experience.

Irish Independent