Monday 19 March 2018

Fitzgerald: proposals to allow abusers cross examine victims need 'careful consideration'

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald
Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald

Sam Griffin

JUSTICE Minister Frances Fitzgerald says proposals to allow alleged child abusers to cross examine victims needs "careful consideration".

The measure is included in a draft document by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, relating to how social workers should respond to allegations of child abuse.

The Minister said the main job of the agency is to protect children and would remain so, regardless of the changes.

"Clearly that will need careful consideration. Tusla's job, which is the agency to look after children and family and to do child protection work, their primary goal is obviously child protection and supporting families and I've no doubt that will remain at the centre," she said.

Minister Fitzgerald, along with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, was speaking at an event marking a €17million investment by Irish Distillers at their Fox and Geese bottling plant in Clondalkin in west Dublin.

The expansion will create 30 additional jobs and will enable an increase in bottling capacity from 5m nine - litre cases to 7.5m cases, around 120m bottles of Jameson, every year.

The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

Minister Bruton said he wss "delighted" by the expansion and added that promoting exports is a key aspect of the government's action plan on jobs.

Irish Distillers CEO Anna Malmhake said the €17m development will increase bottling by 60pc at the facility and is part of a wider investment programme at the company.

Production at the firm's Midleton distillery is set to double following a €100m investment there.

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