Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Public Accounts Committee
HSE Report on Foster Home in Waterford Community Care Area: Discussion
Ms Frances Spillane:
I suppose, at the moment, I feel we do not have all of the facts. That was the background to setting up the senior counsel review, that he would look at the approach and at the two reports, and that he would advise Ministers on the whole area of whether the reports could be published and, also, what the next steps should be.
In terms of that report now, the area of contributing to the terms of reference for a commission of inquiry or commission of investigation is going to be very important. The Deputy will be aware that it can be quite difficult to come up with correct terms of reference for a commission of investigation. In fact, we approached Mr. Dignam last week to see if he could expedite his review. It is going to be completed now by the end of April. We hope that will be very helpful to us in preparing detailed terms of reference, which of course have to be signed off and approved by the Oireachtas.