Sunday 15 December 2019

Creche two face charges after probe

The Giraffe creche in Belarmine, near Stepaside, Dublin
The Giraffe creche in Belarmine, near Stepaside, Dublin
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Two people are facing criminal prosecution after a garda investigation into the disappearance of two children from a creche last year.

The toddlers wandered out of the Giraffe creche, which had earlier been one of three premises at the centre of an RTE investigation into alleged mistreatment of children.

The wandering incident took place at the Giraffe childcare centre in Belarmine, Stepaside in south county Dublin in July 2013. The two children left the premises by themselves during a visit by farm animals and their handler to the creche.

Management at the creche later admitted the children had exited through a gate, which had been left open.

They were found on a grass patch outside the creche after one of the care workers noticed they were missing and discovered them with the help of a local resident, according to a creche statement.

Gardai carried out an investigation and submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DPP has now determined that charges should be brought against two people and it is understood they will appear in the district court next month.

A separate file was sent by gardai to the DPP on their inquiries into the allegations made against the Giraffe creche in the RTE Prime Time investigation in May last year.

But the DPP decided there should be no prosecutions in relation to that case. Last Monday the Irish Independent disclosed that the DPP had also ruled against a prosecution following garda investigations into RTE allegations made against the Links creche in Abington, Malahide in north county Dublin and the Little Harvard creche in Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

During their inquiries gardai examined extra footage provided to them by the RTE unit, which carried out an undercover expose at the three premises, as well as interviewing management and staff at the creches and parents.

Irish Independent

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