Taoiseach must support victims call for a Commission of investigation into Galway foster home rape cases

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must support the call of the victims in Galway foster home rape case for a Commission of Investigation.

Deputy McDonald said;

“The victims themselves have said that they do not have any confidence in the National review mechanism. They do not believe that it will lead to a just outcome. They have called for a fully independent investigation and I believe the Taoiseach has a responsibility to see that this happens.

“The women at the centre of this case have expressed their frustration at what they describe as ‘a wall of silence’ they have come up against in their dealings with the HSE and Tusla.

“The victims have written to Minister Zappone requesting the establishment of a ‘Grace-style’ Commission Investigation. I would urge the Taoiseach to ensure the Minister responds positively to this request. The grave failing of State agencies when it came to the safety of these children certainly warrants it.

The Sinn Féin Leader had earlier raised the case with Taoiseach Varadkar during Leader Questions in the Dáil.

“These were young girls who were already vulnerable. That is why they were in foster care. Yet, when they needed protection the most, the stated failed them in the most profound way.

“This represents another monumental collapse in the system and processes designed supposedly to guard vulnerable children. It is an indictment of this political system that we come in here over and over again to express our outrage while knowing that it is only a matter of time before the next case arise.

“I’m sure you will agree that we cannot go on like this, Taoiseach. There has to be accountability.”