Government departments and agencies meet to discuss Client B case in Cork Kerry region

HSE logoA number of government departments and agencies are to meet this week to discuss the Client B case in the Cork/Kerry area. A 19 year old person with intellectual disabilities was left in a foster home in the region after allegations of sexual abuse were made against a foster carer in the residence. The Child and Family Agency Tusla removed two foster children from the home when they were alerted to the allegations, but the 19 year old, who had been there since 2003, remained in the home for some time afterwards.   The new Minister of State for Disability Finian McGrath has this evening made a statement concerning the young adult with a disability who resided in a foster home in the Cork/Kerry area. He says both the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are examining the issue urgently, and have had discussions with the HSE and TUSLA; all four are meeting this week to discuss the matter. Minister McGrath says it would be premature to make any decision about further action until the facts have been established. There have been calls for the Terms of Reference of the Commission of Investigation concerning the “Grace” case to be expanded to include this foster care case in Cork/Kerry. The Department of Health says however, that it would be premature to make any decision until the facts of the case have been clearly established.