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Links in Malahide. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Links in Malahide. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Links in Malahide. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A CRECHE facing allegations of child mistreatment is to report RTE to gardai after the broadcaster secretly filmed at the facility.

The Links creche in Abington, Malahide, will today claim to gardai that the State broadcaster and a reporter allegedly did not report incidents of mistreatment of children to management.

The childcare facility claims that an RTE reporter obtained information by deceit, trespassed on the creche, and breached the Data Protection Act.

SUSPENDED

It has dismissed one worker and suspended three others after secret filming by a Prime Time reporter uncovered poor standards of childcare.

The HSE is investigating three creches after allegations of poor standards of childcare.

Links Childcare, in Malahide, Dublin, the Giraffe Childcare and Early Learning Centre in Belarmine, Stepaside, and Little Harvard, in Rathnew, Co Wicklow, were all covertly filmed by a reporter posing as a childcare worker.

The undercover footage at the Giraffe creche is understood to include evidence of young children being strapped into their high chairs, and being abruptly handled while they were napping.

RTE is expected to air the video footage on Prime Time at some stage this week.

An RTE representative said the undercover worker "reported the incidents witnessed immediately".

"She first reported the incidents to local management and then to senior management and the owner Deirdre Kelly," said the spokesperson referring to the owner of Links.

"At every stage of this process RTE engaged with childcare experts as regards the practices being witnessed by our reporter and explosed in the footage, and we followed their expert advice as regards best practise in terms appropriately addressing the situation."

Links has accused the undercover reporter of "putting the interests of RTE in priority to the health and welfare of the children involved".

"At no stage during the course of the recording did the reporter intervene, reprimand or take any steps to protect the health and welfare of the infants under their care in the creche at that particular time," said a statement from Links creche.

Links say the the incidents recorded were not reported until the following day, March 21, when the reporter handed in her resignation and notified management of the events she witnessed on the March 20.

"Criminal complaints are now in the process of being made by Abington creche to An Garda Siochana against RTE and the undercover reporter," said the Links statement.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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