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Worker sacked and three suspended at second creche in rte's film

ONE member of staff has been dismissed and three others suspended at a north Dublin creche after allegations concerning the care of children in their care.

Links Childcare in Abington, Malahide, last night identified itself as the second centre implicated in a HSE/gardai probe on foot of footage recorded by RTE's Prime Time.

The creche company, which runs 10 centres around Dublin, did not outline what the allegations concerning the Abington centre were.

However, a press statement confirmed that management was "extremely upset at the poor performance" of certain staff members.

"We hold the standard of professional care of children in all our creches as a high priority, and were extremely upset at the poor performance by some staff members in our Abington, Malahide, creche when we saw film footage extracts by RTE arising from an undercover reporter gaining access to the creche.

"The behaviour of some staff members, as revealed by the video extracts, was inappropriate and unacceptable.

"As a result, we have this afternoon dismissed one member of the staff and suspended three others, pending the findings of a full investigation we have already under way."

Links Childcare has apologised to parents.

"We apologise profusely to all the parents at Abington for the distress caused by this episode."

A father collecting his child from Links creche in Abington said parents were shocked and upset at the revelations.The man, who attended a meeting at the Malahide Grand Hotel with the creche owners, revealed that strong feelings were expressed.