Councillor calls for Tusla review following shocking RTE revelations

by Padraig Conlon

A local representative wants Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to immediately review the role of Tusla.

Independent Councillor Francis Timmons was speaking following the recent broadcast of the RTE Investigates documentary Creches, Behind Closed Doors which exposed alleged breaches at Hyde & Seek Childcare.

The programme highlighted alarming standards and regulation breaches within three of the company’s Dublin branches at Shaw Street, Glasnevin, and Tolka Road.

Creche owner Anne Davy, has since stepped down as a result of findings.

“I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Tusla are not fit for purpose,” Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette.

“Maurice Mc Cabe, Grace, myself and now babies in a creche.

“This follows a growing list of failures of this State to look after the most vulnerable, it is now way past time for a new approach, this one is letting down many innocent and vulnerable people.”

Child and Family Agency Tusla is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years. 

The Hyde & Seek creche chain is also facing a Garda investigation over an alleged assault on a child reported to them before Prime Time Investigates was broadcast.

Tusla is likely to take further action against Hyde & Seek after they have viewed footage obtained from RTE last Friday.

Cllr Timmons blasted the treatment of the most vulnerable in Ireland and called on Minister Zappone to intervene.

“The State continues to ignore the care of our most vulnerable and not provide the watchdog services that are so obviously needed to ensure the welfare of the young, old, people with disability, people with mental health issues and those sexually and mentally abused,” he said.

“With all the talk and despite legislation the State is still failing the most vulnerable.

“It now falls to RTE investigates and other such programmes and media to uncover scandal after scandal and to act as the watchdog due to the failure of state interventions.

“Despite promises and debates vulnerable people are still being neglected and abused in this state.

“I am calling on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to immediately review the role of Tusla and investigate its continuing failure to protect the most vulnerable people in our State.”

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