Tusla File Review Must Be Published Immediately - SF

The review into hundreds of unassessed files held at Tusla's Portlaoise office must be published immediately, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Deputy McDonald said: "Reports today of hundreds of unassessed files, many of which require urgent attention, represents the latest failure on the part of Tusla to protect vulnerable children.

"The detail is shocking – the fact that local staff had flagged concerns around the backlog of cases as far back as 2013 is worse.

"Tusla has serious questions to answer on this case, not least how was this allowed to happen? Why is it only coming to light now? What action is being taken to ensure it never happens again and crucially what steps are being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of the individuals involved in those forgotten cases?

"The review needs to be published, in full, without any further delay."


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