Is Tusla defending itself or our children?

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone told the Dáil that Tusla had written to Scouting Ireland criticising it child protection record.

There is something unsettling about the growing tiff between the child and family agency, Tusla, and Scouting Ireland.

As presented, the story is one of a state body charged with protecting children calling to account an organisation which had a poor record of protecting children.

Except a few things don’t add up. And old questions resurface as to the guiding principle of a state body charged with protecting or assisting citizens. Is the body’s primary concern the citizens? Or is it the body itself?

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