Tuesday 20 March 2018

Owners of crèche company at centre of child mistreatment claims paid themselves €350k

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Gordon Deegan

Two crèche owners behind a Dublin firm at the centre of an RTÉ investigation alleging mistreatment of children have paid themselves €350,000 over the past two years.

In 2013, the Links Abington crèche in Malahide was the subject of RTÉ's 'Breach of Trust' documentary.

In 2015, the firm that operates the crèche, Links Crèche & Montessori, was fined €1,000 at Dublin District Court after pleading guilty to eight charges pertaining to incidents which occurred on eight different dates across February and March in 2013.

The court heard during these dates, a toddler was "shouted at" after she soiled herself.

Another child was pushed to the floor, while on a later date a child was "slammed in a chair and shouted at for trying to feed herself". Last year at the High Court, settlements totalling more than €1m were approved for 22 children in cases arising out of the RTÉ documentary.

New accounts for Links Crèche & Montessori show the firm's two directors, Deirdre and Padraig Kelly, paid themselves an aggregate €175,000 last year and this followed an aggregate €175,000 to the two in 2015.

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