Sunday February 23, 2020

Colin Murphy: Child protection services must be held to account

Vulnerable families are simply not getting the support they need in the community

4th June, 2017

There are 91 such examples in the report published last week by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon, drawn from the almost 600 occasions during 2014 in which gardaí removed children from their homes for their own safety. (The report is an audit of the Garda’s use of their power to do so under Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991. The quotes are from Pulse records; Shannon also interviewed the gardaí concerned.)


Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

State catching up with higher-than-average increase in number of new companies

Rachel Lavin | 4 days ago

Refusing to discuss Irish unity no longer makes any sense for the DUP –talking about a united Ireland is not the same as supporting it

Deirdre Heenan | 1 week ago

A Sinn Féin-led government would have many implications for the country, from tax on banks to the housing market to a border poll

Ian Guider | 1 week ago