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Current cuts will condemn more children – Ó Caoláin

4 June, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the figures for the deaths of children known to the HSE child protection service in the past decade, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“The latest figures from the HSE bring to 188 the number of children who died in the past decade either in State care or who were known to the social services. This is a truly shocking figure. It makes it all the more urgent that the HSE releases these files to the special investigation team established by the Minister of State for Children Barry Andrews. If legal obstacles really exist they should be removed as a matter of urgency. The Government cannot even tell us when it will publish legislation in this regard. It should publish in full its advice from the Attorney General.

“These figures come at a time when the Government is cutting back social welfare, education and health services in a way that hits marginalised families and vulnerable children worst. These are the essential supports which help address child poverty and neglect. Undermining these services through cuts will condemn more children.” ENDS

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