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Why is there no Garda Investigation into ‘Grace’ case? – Adams

9 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that there is an urgent need to uncover who is responsible for the gross failings of the State in relation to ‘Grace’.

Speaking this morning during a Dáil debate on the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into this case, An Teachta Adams said;

“I welcome the decision by Minister Finian McGrath to take on board a number of concerns of Teachtaí about the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into the ‘Grace’ case and foster services for citizens with disabilities in the South East.

“For 20 years, Grace endured abuse and neglect and, despite concerns being reported by whistle-blowers the HSE did not investigate allegations of abuse.

“This has all the elements of a criminal conspiracy; it was not just a systems failure.

“There is an urgent need to know who is responsible and to find out who knew this was happening.

“There is an urgent need to investigate allegations of cover up and claims that files were deliberately destroyed.

“However, the most glaring question of all is why nobody was disciplined, sacked, or charged with a criminal offence.  Why is there no Garda investigation?

“The questions for the Dáil are why we let Grace down and why the Government didn’t act when these dreadful matters were raised here.

“I commend the whistle-blowers and other who have advocated for Grace and the other citizens at the centre of these injustices.” 

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