Saturday 21 September 2019

'It's got to go': Protest held at Hyde and Seek facility

Message: Cassie (9) and Penny Connolly (2), from Ballybough in Dublin, at a protest outside Hyde and Seek crèche on Tolka Road in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Message: Cassie (9) and Penny Connolly (2), from Ballybough in Dublin, at a protest outside Hyde and Seek crèche on Tolka Road in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Action: A group of protesters outside the Hyde and Seek premises on Tolka Road, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Hyde and Seek crèche on Dublin's Tolka Road in the wake of revelations about standards of care there, calling for the facility to be taken over by the State.

It had been open early but closed around lunchtime in advance of the protest.

Around 50 people - all members of the local community - stood outside, chanting: "Hey ho, hey ho, Hyde and Seek, it's got to go."

Organiser Sorcha Finnegan said she grew up listening to her mother talking about the Magdalene Laundry around the corner and that was why they were determined to do something about the crèche.

"What was going on there was known about but the people didn't stand up," she said.

"When I watched that programme, I said those children are not going to be attending psychiatrists over what happened here."

Childcare worker Eimear Meleady, from Glasnevin, came along with her friend, a childcare worker who formerly worked at the Tolka Road crèche and who did not want to be identified. Both said they wanted to do something to help after watching the programme.

"I watched it and I was disgusted," said Ms Meleady.

"It made me want to do something about it because Tusla is not doing enough.

"Anne Davy was accountable for what was going on here but who is accountable for her?" she asked.

Her friend claimed she had witnessed verbal abuse and children being forced to go to sleep during her nine months working there.

Local woman Jackie Byrne said she was angered by what had happened on her doorstep, saying parents had left their children at the crèche for "love and care" only for their trust to be abused.

"It's a disgrace," she said.

Irish Independent

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