“Once again, we have revelations of allegations of abuse at a care home funded by the Irish State. It’s deeply concerning and requires a speedy response from the HSE and the Minister,” said the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was responding to further allegations of abuse at a facility in the Mid-West region over the weekend.

“Clearly HIQA, through its ongoing reviews and investigations is unearthing historic and contemporary abuse of vulnerable adults and will be causing concern for a lot of people.

“I do believe that more detailed information pertaining to these allegations should be made public as soon as is practicable. For many families, not knowing if a loved one’s current care providers are under investigation is a very major worry and Minister McGrath needs to ensure that the full facts are made public as quickly as possible.

“Time and time again, I have said that lessons need to be learned from these recurring surfacing of allegations of abuse. At what point will the systems and procedures be robust enough to ensure that the abuse ends, and that the safety, care and comfort of those being looked after is the primary and sole concern of care giver?

“How we look after people with disabilities and in particular people with intellectual disabilities is a hallmark of a caring and compassionate society”, concluded Murphy O’Mahony.