Saturday 16 December 2017

David Quinn: Someone must be held accountable for children's deaths

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David Quinn

David Quinn

Between 2000 and 2010, 196 children died who were known to state care services. Of these, 30 deaths were drug related, 28 were the result of suicide and 17 died in traffic accidents. What we don't know is how many more children known to the State were hospitalised because of drugs, how many more attempted suicide or how many more were badly injured in traffic accidents.

Nor do we know how many children known to the HSE suffered physical abuse or sexual abuse or neglect because the HSE did not remove them from their families when it could have. (The Constitution cannot be blamed here because the Constitution allows for intervention in such cases).

In other words, the failure by the HSE to protect these 196 children is only the tip of the iceberg. How big is the iceberg? We don't know.

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