Friday February 28, 2020

Will 196 child deaths lead to real change in the system?

Several reports into the state neglect of children have recommended sweeping changes, but many have never been implemented, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

23rd June, 2012
Dr Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons, authors of the independent child death review group report, with Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (centre). Photo: Tony O'Shea

The report of the independent child death review group (ICDRG) was explosive. It was greeted with shock, dismay and abhorrence. Not surprisingly, the government has promised to act on its findings and its recommendations.

We have been here before, however. Remember Kelly Fitzgerald, who died in her uncle's arms? She had multiple bruises and lacerations and, at the age of 15, weighed just six stone. That was 1993.

Since then, we have had the Kilkenny Incest investigation,...

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