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Lessons must be learned from Kerry Babies scandal – Adams

17 January, 2018 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the apology made by the government to Joanne Hayes.

Speaking in the Dáil with the Tánaiste Simon Coveney today, Teachta Adams said:

“The re-emergence of this case is bound to be very traumatic for Joanne Hayes and her family and for the mother of Baby John. I want to express our solidarity with everyone involved.

“We are all agreed that sections of An Garda Síochána treated Joanne Hayes and her family in a disgraceful way.

“I remember the case well. A friend of mine, the late Steve MacDonogh, published Joanne Hayes personal account ‘My Story’ which highlighted how Joanne was treated.

“Yesterday, I raised concerns with the Taoiseach about the issue of funding and resources available to GSOC as the lead agency to investigate allegations against An Garda Síochána.

“The Taoiseach glibly replied that he didn’t know of any public body that didn’t want more staff.

“This was in the face of Ms Justice Ring saying that she cannot conclude investigations arising from protected disclosures.

“We are also all agreed that there are lessons to be learned from the Kerry babies tragedy.

“One of these lessons would be to address the concerns raised by Justice Ring. For her to say that she cannot bring investigations to a conclusion is very damning and should not be dismissed.” 

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