Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has welcomed the compensation that has been rightly awarded by the courts to Grace.

“This is a positive development, and while no amount of money can undo the pain, hurt and trauma she suffered, it may go in some small way to providing a better quality of life for her.

“It needs to be remembered that Grace was failed by the State whose job it was to protect her. By leaving her in a home where her safety was at risk, the HSE let her down massively.

“What now must happen is that the inquiry into her case gets up and running as quickly as possible.
“We must get to the bottom of what happened to her, find out who failed her, and put in place procedures to ensure that the horrors inflicted on Grace are never allowed happen to any child again.

“The brave whistle blowers who spoke out about her treatment deserve praise for their actions.

“While the reports published at the end of February have shed some light on the abuse itself, no one has taken responsibility for the unforgivable failings in the provision of State care to vulnerable children.

“Yesterday’s court award is an important step in a journey towards Ireland saying sorry properly for the pain inflicted on Grace as a result of serious negligence by state agencies,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.