No magic bullet for Tusla crisis, Taoiseach says

Two reports from Hiqa last week detailed a litany of failings in the state agency’s care of children

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted there were ‘huge deficits’ that needed to be addressed. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The pressure Tusla is under is a “real challenge” that can’t be fixed by just signing a cheque, the Taoiseach has said.

Leo Varadkar was responding to questions from the Business Post after Kate Duggan, Tusla’s chief executive, admitted that the Child and family Agency had reached a “crisis point” due to a shortage of social workers and not enough appropriate accommodation for children in state care.

Last week this newspaper reported that 15 separated ...