Shatter Receives Garda Report On Donegal Child Abuse Case

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence has received Preliminary information from An Garda Síochána regarding a child abuse case in Donegal.

The report comes in response to Minister Shatter's request for information about the circumstances surrounding the continued employment of a caretaker at a school in Donegal despite his conviction for child abuse.

The Minister has been informed by the Garda Commissioner that their records show that on 16 October, 2002 the then Health Board were informed by the Gardaí, in accordance with the Children First guidelines, of the conviction of the person in question and of where he was believed to be working. Gardaí said the owner of the school was in court for the criminal proceedings against that person. In addition, a Garda subsequently spoke to the owner of the school about the conviction and expressed his concerns about that person continuing to work at the school.

Minister Shatter commented: “I welcome this clarification from the Garda Commissioner. This makes it all the more necessary for those who chose to continue the employment of this person to explain themselves.”


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