Tuesday 28 January 2020

Inquiry will get details of 2001 child court case

Tim Healy

AN inquiry into the deaths of young people in state care can receive information about a child who was the subject of a court case in 2001, a judge ruled yesterday.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill granted orders allowing the HSE to hand over to the inquiry, set up by Children and Youth Affairs Minister Barry Andrews, all the papers that were used in the 2001 judicial review proceedings concerning the child.

Mr Justice O'Neill was the judge who had dealt with that case.

The information will be given to the minister and will then be considered by the independent review group -- whose members are Norah Gibbons and Geoffrey Shannon -- into the deaths of children while in state care.

The court heard the material could not be released without permission because of previous High Court orders, made under the Childcare Act, preventing the HSE from handing over information about the case.

Under the recently enacted 2010 Health Amendment Act, information that may be relevant to the inquiry could now be furnished, counsel for the HSE said.

The order was also required because a lawyer who had acted as guardian of the child was no longer practising as a solicitor, counsel said.

Irish Independent

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