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Sinn Féin welcome for RQIA Inquiry into handling of Donagh abuse case

30 September, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín, Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin deputy Chair of the Health Committee Michelle O’Neill MLA has welcomed the announcement by the Health Minister, following the suggestion from Carál Ní Chuilín at the joint Health and Justice Committees meeting, that the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) is to investigate the western Trust’s handling of the Donagh abuse case.

Speaking from the Assembly today Ms O’Neill said;

“I welcome the announcement from the Minister following Carál Ní Chuilín’s suggestion that the RQIA be brought in to investigate the handling of the Donagh abuse case by the west Trust. I look forward to receiving the terms of reference of the review, which needs to be open, transparent and comprehensive.

We particularly welcome the fact that this review will run in parallel with the ongoing review announced by Justice Minister David Ford.

The RQIA Review has been instructed to liaise closely with the Justice Department as many of these issue overlap between both the Health and Justice Departments.

Sinn Féin stated at today’s joint sitting that victims and survivors of abuse in Donagh must be at the core of both investigations and their views must be fully taken on board.

We must collectively work to ensure that there can be no repeat of this kind of trauma caused to victims in the future.” CRÍOCH

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