Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning raised the case of Louise O’Keeffe with the Taoiseach in the Dáil.
The Sinn Féin leader expressed his disappointment later that the Taoiseach failed to indicate if or when an apology would be offered to Ms O’Keeffe and whether the Minister for Education would make a statement to the Dáil.
Gerry Adams said:
“Tuesday’s judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in favour of Ms Louise O’Keeffe, which found that the State was liable for the sexual abuse that she suffered, has significant implications for the State.
“In his response to me on Tuesday the Taoiseach acknowledged that Ms O’Keeffe’s case clearly indicates the scale of historical abuse and the failures and inaction to protect children and he said that the ‘protection of children is absolutely a priority for the Government’.
“The government also needs to make a full apology for the failure of the last government and of this to deal with Ms O’Keeffe and with other victims and survivors, compassionately. Having forced Louise O’Keeffe to go through a long and difficult judicial process for 15 years the government should not add to her ordeal by delaying in making an apology.
“Given the importance of the European decision for the state the Minister for Education should also make an early statement to the Dáil setting out the government’s response to the European Court decision and what steps it intends to make to ensure full compliance with the judgement and to protect children.”