Terms of reference for ‘Grace’ case must include all related cases - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin Children and Youth Affairs spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has welcomed the government’s decision to revise the terms of reference into the ‘Grace’ case.
Teachta Ó Laoghaire said the government needs to commit to an investigation into the circumstances surrounding every child that was placed in foster home and whether or not they were abused while there.
Speaking this afternoon he said;
“I welcome the withdrawal of the motion today and I’m glad to see the Minister seems to have taken on board observations of everyone across the chamber.
“The terms of reference were clearly inadequate particularly part 10 which failed to give a cast iron commitment to further investigations into how and why other children were sent to this particular foster home.
“The new terms of reference must include a commitment that there will be an investigation into the circumstances surrounding every child that was placed in the foster home, including why they were placed despite existing concerns and whether or not they suffered abuse while in the home.
“In addition there needs to be an investigation into whether there were systematic failures and weaknesses in the South East Health Board area in relation to foster care placements.
“We need to ensure that there is an investigation of why there was no follow up to the initial allegations of abuse in the early 90s.
“And, finally, the investigation into the allegations of a cover up need to go back as far as when initial concerns arose in relation to Grace and in particular the 1996 case conference.”