Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Public Accounts Committee
HSE Report on Foster Home in Waterford Community Care Area: Discussion
Mr. Tony O'Brien:
Yes it does. Let us be clear, this goes back to a point where I certainly have no personal agenda in protecting anybody in any way from anything. What I am not going to do is give them a get out of jail free card by putting something into the public domain that everybody wants to read, that I have read and which is horrendous. If I put it out in public, one thing is sure - nobody will get convicted, nobody will get disciplined. Nobody has yet been disciplined or convicted. However, if I put the reports in the public domain now, I guarantee that nobody will ever be. I must hold the line on that; as uncomfortable as that is, that is my job. I am stepping up to the plate. I am standing here taking this criticism for not having published this, but I will not do it if the consequence is that there will never be any accountability. I do not make any apology whatsoever for taking that position.