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HSE believes 200 children
died in care
23 May 2010 By Susan Mitchell
The Health Service Executive now believes that
approximately 200 children have died in state care in
the last ten years.
The figures are emerging as part of a nationwide
probe and are ten times greater than the previously
admitted number of deaths - the HSE had said that 23
children had died in care.
The HSE has been auditing its own files following the
controversy that emerged after the publishing of a
report into the death of teenager Tracey Fay.
A senior figure in the HSE told The Sunday Business
Post that it still did not know the precise number of
children that had died while in care, but it was
feared that the true tally could be in the order of
Jillian van Turnhout of the Childrens Rights
Alliance, said she was &lsquo&lsquodeeply
saddened hear the number may be that high.
Barry Andrews, the Minister for Children, has
conceded that the HSEs figure of 23 deaths may have
been an underestimate. He asked the HSE to validate
its figures in March and to check whether there were
other cases that should have been investigated.
A spokesman for Andrews said the Minister had yet to
be given a definitive figure. He expressed concern
about the delay.
The deaths of children in care has been the focus of
intense scrutiny since Fine Gaels spokesman on
children, Alan Shatter, used Dáil privilege to
publish a draft report into the death of teenage
mother-of-two Tracey Fay in 2002. In the wake of the
controversy over that report and the HSEs refusal to
publish other reports into the deaths of children in
its care, Andrews established an independent group to
examine the deaths of children in care.
The minister appointed Norah Gibbons of Barnardos and
solicitor Geoffrey Shannon, a child law expert, to
the group. The Childrens Rights Alliance, which
represents 90 voluntary bodies working with children,
has welcomed the ministers move, but said that the
group should become a permanent body which
automatically investigates all deaths in care.
Last Friday, the HSE confirmed it had appointed
members of a review panel for serious incidents to
review the death of Daniel McAnaspie, who was
murdered while in the care of the state. The
17year-old went missing in February and his body was
found last week.
There are more than 5,000 children in the care of the
state at present.
'fails' Asylum Seeking Children
Missing children are
falling through "cracks" in Ireland!
Must be mighty big cracks!
Quote: "Child trafficking is
not easy to spot and not easy to talk about but if we
are all aware of it then we are in a better position
to stop children falling through the "cracks in society!"
NGOs JOIN HANDS TO SUPPORT BODY SHOP TRAFFICKING
CAMPAIGN Children's Rights Alliance
The number of missing kids is now up to 434!
A growing problem in Ireland, child
trafficking is a grave human rights abuse that
destroys childhoods. In 2008, nearly 400
separated children came to Ireland; 10% went missing,
many of whom are likely to have been
trafficked. Since 2000, a total of 496 children
placed in the care of the HSE have gone missing; the
vast majority, 434 vulnerable children, remain
Personally speaking I wouldnt trust these NGOs any
more than I would the HSE, the so-called Irish
Justice Dept or the Irish Police - Garda!
You would think by the behaviour of the so-called
Irish "authorities" that 434 sheep or
cattle were missing - not human beings!
If that was the case, maybe they would do more to
investigate and TRY and TRACE where the MISSING ITEMS
refugees go missing from Garda run "care"
homes in Ireland!
the Irish Police Service (Garda) an essential cog in
the Organised Crime Network - can there be any doubt
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- new look cover, new graphics and some new text!
"Controversial book - "Disappeared
off the face of the earth"!