Dearbhail McDonald: Basic failings show that much of this tragedy was preventable
HOW many of the 196 deaths of children in care were avoidable? It is impossible to say. Impossible, too, to isolate the tragic fate of those children from the broader social problems afflicting society.
Children whose lives are doomed from the outset, born into impoverished homes shattered by physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect and domestic violence.
Children whose parents are addicted to alcohol and drugs; mums and dads who have severe mental health difficulties and children plunged into grief by the early deaths of their parents.