Ó Laoghaire expresses concern at deaths of Children in Care
Speaking today on the launch of two Túsla reports that were published earlier today, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed concern as to how these cases were handled, and how this once again reiterated the fact that Túsla suffer an evident lack of funding in many areas.
The Cork South Central TD said:
“Dr Helen Buckley raised the need for Túsla lack of suitable placement for young people experiencing health difficulties, as well as deepening their approach to risk assessments and follow-up of on allegations of sexual abuse of children. These are all gravely concerning and extremely serious aspects of the work that Túsla do, and the lack of adequate resources is plain for all to see, causing a limitation to efficiency and effectiveness.
“It seems some of the lessons that should have been learned from previous cases, have not been applied, and that's a cause for great concern. There was a lack of coordination, and that needs to be tackled.
“This also once again highlights the issue of funding and under-resourcing experienced by Túsla annually. This is certainly not the first report to bring lack of monies to the fore and for that reason I would be concerned that this will impact children availing of Túslas services in the future.
“Túsla saw a budget increase of €38 million last year, bringing it up €675 million per annum. Although this increase was welcome, we agreed with Barnardos that this was certainly not enough. My colleagues have called for this issue to be addressed on many occasions towards the end of the last Dáil.
“If we want a Child and Family Agency that truly keeps the best interests of our children at heart, then we need to provide appropriate funding to enable it to do so.”