Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has welcomed confirmation from the Taoiseach that the report of the independent review group into the deaths of children in State care will be published next week.
Responding to questions from Deputy McConalogue during Order of the Business in the Dáil, the Taoiseach confirmed that the report was discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday and will be published on Wednesday, 20th June.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “The independent review into the deaths of 196 children in the care of the State between 2000 and 2010 was presented to the Government before Christmas and still hasn’t been published. It has since been reported that the review found that found that 115 of these children died of unnatural causes, ranging from suicide to drug abuse, and accidents to killings.
“In light the grave nature of these findings, it is crucial that there are no more delays to the publication of this report. Given the significance of the review in the context of our child protection services, it is unacceptable that it has taken the Minister for Children and the Government six months to publish the report.
“Important lessons must be learned from these tragic cases in order to minimise the risk of vulnerable children falling victim to similar fates into the future. It is critical that all possible measures are taken as a result of this review to ensure that any failings uncovered within the system are addressed as a matter of urgency.
“I am also urging Minister Fitzgerald to publish the annual Report by the Governments Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon. This has been on the Minister’s desk since 7th February this year. It is inexplicable that an annual report like this would still be sitting unpublished 4 and a half months after its completion.”