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Monday 22 January 2018

Gardaí set to interview parents in crèche probe

It is expected that officers will also contact a large number of parents and interview the staff about the allegations. Stock picture
It is expected that officers will also contact a large number of parents and interview the staff about the allegations. Stock picture
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Gardaí will interview parents and staff at a crèche which is at the centre of child sex abuse allegations.

An investigation started last week when officers received separate complaints that two children were sexually assaulted at the Co Kildare crèche by a staff member.

But gardaí say their inquiries will not be completed for some time. Specialist child interviewers are being drafted into the investigation to talk to the young children attending the crèche.

It is expected that officers will also contact a large number of parents and interview the staff about the allegations.

A joint investigation is under way with Tusla, the State's child protection agency.

It is understood that the crèche has fully complied with all relevant child protection measures and regulations.

The management of the crèche is understood to have taken what it considered to be "appropriate" action, pending the outcome of the inquiries. In the meantime, it has notified parents about the allegations.

Separately, the Irish Societyfor the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said it was concerned at lack of garda vetting in some crèches, as revealed in Tusla's annual report this week.

Its CEO Grainia Long said: "This report for 2015...points to child protection and safety areas that need immediate attention.

"These organisations must be compliant with garda vetting procedures and in the areas of health, welfare and the development of the child.

"This report should be considered properly in the New Year and we look forward to subsequent reports being published in a more timely fashion."

Irish Independent

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