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Culpable people in HSE must be brought to account for Roscommon abuse scandal – Ó Caoláin

28 October, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that those in the Western Health Board/HSE who were culpable in the Roscommon abuse case must be held to account. He said it would be unacceptable if those responsible are still working in the health or social care services. He called on the Government to proceed with the constitutional referendum on children.

He said:

“The children in the Roscommon case were victims not only of horrific abuse and neglect by their parents but also gross negligence on the part of the Western Health Board (now the HSE) over a 14-year period.

“It is almost beyond belief that from 1989 until 2004 the voices of these abused children were ignored by people charged by the State with the identification of vulnerable children and with intervention if they were in danger.

“The report on this case will be without purpose unless the culpable people in the Western Health Board/HSE are brought to account. Are any of them, especially the most negligent social workers and their management, still working in the health or social care services? That would be totally unacceptable.

“The HSE earlier this year confirmed that no senior management figures in Dublin were disciplined in any way for the neglect exposed in the HIQA report on foster care services. Will it be the same in this case?

“The Government must proceed with the promised constitutional referendum to strengthen the rights of children.

“While constitutional change will not, in itself, prevent such abuses occurring again, it is an essential foundation on which better protection for children will be built.

“In the Roscommon case the State placed the rights of the family before those of the children – even though ‘family’ in this case had ceased to have any meaning and had been degraded to such an extent that it was only the site of gross abuse and neglect of six innocent children.” ENDS

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