Our voiceless must never again have to depend on whistle-blowers – Ó Caoláin
Speaking in the Dáil this evening on the need to establish a statutory commission of investigation into the recent revelations of abuse in a foster home in the southeast, Sinn Féin TD and Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has stated that the case depicts “another example of a system that has failed to protect, respect and cherish those that are most vulnerable in our society”.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:
“The recent abuse allegations surrounding a foster home in the southeast and the most horrendous treatment endured by an intellectually disabled young woman, whom we have come to know as ‘Grace’, depict another example of a system that has failed to protect, respect and cherish those that are most vulnerable in our society.
“It has been revealed that ‘Grace’ was subjected to the most horrendous abuse by her foster parents and was left in this home for more than 13years after it became the subject of abuse allegations.
“In this particular case, the actions, or lack thereof, by the HSE have been absolutely disgraceful. It defies belief that there was actually an attempt made to claim that an apology had been issued to Grace then having to admit last Saturday that no official apology had been issued to her.
“We must take the required steps to help ensure that the highest standards are understood in the first instance and implemented by those we trust to look after those defenceless loved ones from our respective families.
“We must examine care settings right across the board and instil through retraining and up-training the highest standards in management and oversight in every care setting in the land.
“Our voiceless must never again have to depend on whistle-blowers.
“I welcome the plans for a Commission of Inquiry into these abuse allegations, but I can’t help but feel that for the Graces of our land this is coming too late. She and they have had to endure too much.”