It is a matter of huge concern that a man imprisoned for possessing hard-core child porn was cleared as a foster parent by gardai and the health authorities.
But thankfully such an incident is extremely rare within our system, because of the rigid safeguards that are in place.
We have a fostering system to be proud of, as the many children who have come through it can testify to.
The efforts put in by our foster parents are valiant.
These foster parents put their heart and soul into helping children, many of whom are troubled.
They open their homes for the good of others, and bring children into the heart of their own families.
Let us hope the circumstances surrounding the case revealed in today's paper are fully investigated. We cannot be too careful when dealing with vulnerable members of our society.