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Garda investigation into sexual abuse at Donegal HSE disability centre closes

No prosecution in relation to alleged assaults on 18 intellectually disabled adults – DPP

23/10/2021 03:15:00

No prosecution in relation to alleged assaults on 18 intellectually disabled adults – DPP

No prosecution in relation to alleged assaults on 18 intellectually disabled adults – DPP

The report notes gardaí told the review team in February 2020 an investigation was ongoing into “allegations of sexual abuse of patients” in the centre, and “also into the alleged withholding of information on the sexual abuse of patients by staff employed by the HSE”.

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The HSE said last week it had been requested by gardaí, on October 14th, to delay publication of the 67-page report, while gardaí completed their investigations.In a statement to The Irish Times this week, the Garda said it submitted an investigation file to the DPP in August 2021 “who has directed ‘no prosecution’ in this case”. The Garda said it could not comment on the draft executive summary of the contents of which it “ has not yet had the opportunity to respond to the HSE on” nor could it comment on the content of the substantive report as it had “not seen its contents”.

Case closedA Garda spokesman said the case was closed unless further evidence warranted it being reopened. A HSE spokesman said it understood the complainant in this case had 28 days to appeal the DPP decision.Minister of State for Disabilities,Anne Rabbitte headtopics.com

, who was not provided with the report until July and only after referring in the Dáil to the HSE’s “repeated refusal” to let her have a copy, has reiterated her call for the full report to be published. Families of Brandon’s victims who have spoken to The Irish Times also want the full report published.

The HSE said it will publish only the 13-page executive summary. Among the components this would exclude are detailed quotes from staff and external experts through the 13-year period demanding action to protect residents.The HSE said it had agreed with a a Garda request on October 14th not to proceed with publishing the detailed executive summary. It said it provided this document to the Garda seeking permission to publish and “and will do so immediately when such permission is forthcoming”.

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🤬🤬🤬 The DPP only protects its own cronies because it is political run and this case would case the state millions and they dont want that An absolute disgrace. Immediate legislation needed where prosecutions can take place if people turn a blind eye to abuse of any kind against vulnerable people. Those poor families hearing this today believing their family members were in a safe place for all those years

Until those in positions of responsibility hse are held to account nothing will ever change .We don’t need more reports on ‘medical models ‘ . We need basic common decency, humanity & accountability paulreiddublin disabilities “Garda spokesman said the case was closed unless further evidence warranted it being reopened. A HSE spokesman said it understood the complainant in this case had 28 days to appeal the DPP decision.”

That timeline says it all. Shameful treatment by those in control. Corruption and criminal behaviour set free again. You cannot be serious that this has been happening. Shame on those higher up that this has not been a priority to address considering Royal commissions in other countries etc

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