Monday 20 January 2020

Expose 'was like lancing a boil', says mother

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

MORE than half the toddlers who were under the care of a creche worker revealed to have mishandled children in her care have been reportedly removed from the childcare facility.

Six out of the 10 babies in the "wobbler" room of the Links creche in Malahide have been taken away by their parents, with just four remaining, parents have claimed.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that the childcare worker at the centre of the storm was "under severe pressure" at the time of the incident which was the subject of a 'Prime Time' special report.

A mother whose children attend the creche has claimed to have been told that the young woman, who has since been dismissed from her post, was stressed out at the time due to personal reasons.

She told the Irish Independent that she was not excusing the behaviour but said it did offer a clue as to what went wrong.

"I don't know if it was an isolated incident but, having heard that, I feel that it probably was," she said.

Watching the footage on Tuesday night had been "deeply disturbing" and led the mother to seriously question her decision to have a career outside the home, she admitted.

The woman and her husband had sat down to have a heart-to-heart discussion and the couple were left with the conclusion that the revelations were like "lancing a boil".

"All the bad stuff has to come out," she said.

Though the footage was dreadful to watch, RTE had done all the parents at the creche "a favour", she added.

A spokesperson for Links declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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