Why was nothing done?

It is hard to understand how the horror of this home could have been tidied away for the twice weekly visits by the authorities, writes Marese McDonagh in Roscommon

24th January, 2009

A nine year old girl told the gardaí that her little brother was sometimes frightened when Mammy came home drunk. ‘‘I would bring him into the bedroom and turn up the radio so that he couldn’t hear her shouting. It was scary,” she said.

The two older boys sometimes escaped from the squalor when their mother’s sister picked them up from school on Friday evenings and lavished attention -...

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