Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Public Accounts Committee

HSE Report on Foster Home in Waterford Community Care Area: Discussion

12:00 pm

Mr. Pat Healy:

Certainly this is one of the issues that is addressed in the reports. It goes back to my earlier conservation with the Deputy that we talk about the "foster home" and the "foster mother" although they had ceased to be that in the 1990s. This is dealt with in the Devine report in a very clear and comprehensive way.

It had ceased to be a foster home and this person had ceased to be a foster mother. That is clear, but we talk about the individual as the foster mother.

What happened was that when this situation arose in respect of Grace, the Devine report was carried out, which examined all of the issues around that. It focused particularly on Grace - that is why it was constituted - but in the course of the work, the investigation team identified four other cases of significance. Ann was not identified as part of that. There were concerns of a serious nature in respect of that, and they were followed up. The issue in-----


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