November 15, 2005

HSE to review Galway abuse inquiry

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Following an announcement that the HSE is to set up a review of a six-year -old inquiry into abuse in Co Galway there has been a call for the resignation of the Brothers of Charity director of services in the county, Patrick McGinley.

The HSE said it is seeking to establish why the inquiry by health authorities into child abuse at Brothers of Charity institutions for the physically and intellectually disabled has being going on for six years. This "inquiry into an inquiry" is expected to be completed "at the earliest possible date", a HSE statement said.

In 1997 and 1998 allegations of past child abuse were made by former residents at institutions run by the Brothers of Charity Services in the (then) Western Health Board area. In December 1998 Mr McGinley brought concerns about the allegations to the health board. An inquiry by the health board began in April 1999 concerning allegations from 1965 to 1998. It is ongoing.

Posted by kshaw at November 15, 2005 05:30 PM