Written answers

Thursday, 29 February 2024

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Child and Family Agency

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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146. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth further to his debate in Dáil Éireann with this Deputy, if he has considered making an apology on behalf of the State to a person (details supplied) after they received an apology from Tusla regarding how they and their family were treated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9702/24]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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I acknowledge that the situation you have described must be very difficult for all involved. However, statutory and operational responsibility for the delivery of child protection and welfare services is a matter for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. I must inform you that as Minister I am not in a position to intervene in individual cases as Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is required by law to be independent in its work as set out in Section 8(11) of the Child and Family Agency Act 2013 that "the Agency shall be independent in the performance of its functions".

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