Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent) | Oireachtas source

It is helpful. We all receive representations and I have heard from foster mothers who are at the end of their tether due to lack of back up. Then we have these private companies where there is no procurement and lots of money. My question is on the procurement. Tusla is following up on the Five Rivers agency because that is what we asked about but are there other agencies in addition to that one? We asked for a note on the Five Rivers agency contract to include details of remuneration paid to it and so on. To be fair, that is what we asked for but it begs the question as to whether there are others and what is the value of that. More importantly, what is the value of that to mothers on the ground who are struggling? I could not let that go because I will be meeting the foster mothers again on Monday and I have met them every week as most of us have. They are at the end of their tethers looking for the most basic help from the health executive.


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