Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today called for the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD to stamp out the culture of non-accountability, saying that unless he does so, the Commission of Investigation will not be worth the paper it is written on.
Deputy Munster said:
“Up to now the practice of holding people to account is the one thing that is always missing, scandal after scandal.”
“The series of appalling failures that Grace fell victim to is rife with a lack of accountability on the part of those who were entrusted with Grace’s care.”
“For 20 years Grace endured abuse and neglect and despite concerns being reported by whistle-blowers the HSE neglected to investigate allegations of abuse that allegedly occurred in the foster home.”
“This wasn’t just a systems failure. It was a failure of individuals. We need to know who is responsible, who knew this was happening at the top levels of management, we need to investigate allegations of a cover up and if files were destroyed, but the most glaring question of all is why was nobody disciplined, sacked or charged with a criminal offence?”
“Minister McGrath needs to realise that a Commission of Investigation needs to include other children who went through this foster home, needs to implement the recommendations contained in the Dignam report, but above all else, it needs to find those who are responsible, and ensure that they are brought to account.”
“What people want to see from this Commission of Investigation is this culture of non-accountability stamped out once and for all.”