Sunday 22 April 2018

Report into deaths of teens in care hit by legal delay


The HSE was yesterday forced into a last-minute cancellation of plans to publish parts of the reports into the deaths of two teenagers who died in state care.

A plan to publish a section of the reports into the tragic deaths of two teenagers, understood to be Tracey Fay (18) and David Foley (17), while in the care of the health service, was postponed because of legal concerns.

A HSE spokeswoman said: "While it was our intention to publish reports into the deaths of two children in care, a number of legal issues remain outstanding and a publication date will now be set for the coming weeks once these matters have been resolved."

The report on Tracey Fay, which was recently published by Fine Gael's children's spokesman Alan Shatter, strongly criticised the provision of care and accommodation and the failure to provide addiction services.


The mother-of-two, who died in 2002, was accommodated in nine separate places, spending 255 nights in 20 different B&Bs. She was found dead after having taken ecstasy.

David Foley died of a drugs overdose in 2005, three years after being admitted into the state care system. He had voluntarily sought care at the age of 14 and ended up being admitted to a series of emergency hostels for homeless teens.

The HSE will only be in a position to publish the recommendations of the reports and other limited details. However, Damien Fay, the uncle of Tracey Fay, has called for full publication of the report.

Irish Independent

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