Investigation into historic abuse claims at Roscrea facility

Thursday, 29 March 2018

THE HSE has confirmed that an investigation is underway into reports of alleged abuse at a care facility in Roscrea and that historical records dating from 1980 to 2010 are being examined.
Allegations of sexual and physical abuse are among complaints about the mistreatment of people at the facility, which cared for adults with intellectual disabilities over a 30-year period on the outskirts of Roscrea.
A Serious Incident Management Team has been set up to investigate incidents involving almost 400 people who received care from the St Anne's Services in Roscrea between the early 1980s and 2010.
Over 130 cases have already been reviewed by the incident management team, who have reported unearthing a wide variety of concerns in the initial days of the investigation.
Bernard Gloster, of HSE Mid-West, said the concerns "run across the spectrum of physical, financial, neglect and, in some cases, sexual abuse."
Gardaí have been notified and the HSE said they will continue to work with the Gardaí as the review progressed and more information was gathered.
The HSE said that the Daughters of Charity Services started a preliminary examination of some files in 2016 and referred the matter to the HSE, who determined a more in-depth investigation should begin.
Records relating to the care of 393 people were identified in the examination to date and due to the investigation's complexity, it is expected to take over 12 months to complete.
Services at St Anne's are provided through 26 care units in and around Roscrea, which are run by the Daughters of Charity, who took over management from the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 2008.
The HSE said the review was prompted by the Daughters of Charity, who examined files inherited from the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts after the change in management.
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts said they were not informed of the review and in a statement said "we have not been in receipt of any direct query or provided with any details by any agency regarding our former service for persons with disability in Roscrea.
“We are in the process of contacting the HSE in this regard."
Bernard Gloster said some of the people about whom concerns were raised in the files remained in the care of St Anne's services, or in other care settings around the country and the HSE was in the process of obtaining assurances around the standards of safety and care they were receiving.


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