Tuesday 24 April 2018

We're failing our vulnerable

DANIEL McAnaspie lived a chaotic life and died a horrible death. On February 26 he absconded from a health service residential facility for young people in need of care. His body, showing the marks of six or more stab wounds, was found in a drain in Co Meath last Thursday. He was 17 years old.

Yesterday members of his family accused the HSE of not having given him the help he needed. They pointed out that he was exceptionally vulnerable, "not streetwise". They painted a shocking picture in which he would turn up at garda stations seeking a bed for the night. They claimed that this boy had been failed by the State. And they can cite a dreadful record.

More than 20 young persons have died in state care in the past 10 years. Until Thursday, the official figure was 23; Daniel, the first to be murdered, makes 24. The true figure may be even higher.

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