Enda Kenny examines child abuse probe

Enda Kenny has said he will report back to the Dáil about investigations into allegations of sexual and physical abuse in a school and which are the subject of Garda and Department of Education inquiries.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin yesterday raised a case of abuse of a child which he said had been investigated by the Ombudsman for Children as well as by the child and family agency Tusla.

Mr Martin claimed the child who made the allegation had written to Mr Kenny last year. Mr Martin also said the Ombudsman’s report was a “damning indictment” on how the complaint was handled by the school’s board of management, the HSE, and the Department of Education.

A Garda investigation was also “not up to standard”, he said.

Mr Kenny said it was a “sensitive” case and the investigation needed to be finished by Tusla. He pledged to come back to the Dail on the matter and also said he would write to Mr Martin about it.

But Mr Martin said that answers were needed and that it seemed there was a “silo mentality” abut the investigation and an “insufficient response” from authorities.

Mr Kenny said that the allegations were still being investigated, but added: “Nobody wants to have this type of activity not properly investigated, including by the authorities of the state to ensure that the laws of the land are implemented.”

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