Children’s groups seek overhaul of entire system

Children’s groups say the entire child protection system needs to be overhauled in light of the Dunne family tragedy in Monageer.

An official report published yesterday concludes that it was unlikely the deaths of Aidan and Ciara Dunne and their two daughters could have been prevented, even if Gardai or social services called to their home the weekend they died.

However, the report does criticise the lack of a 24-hour social care service and recommends that one should be put in place.

The authors also say it is difficult to understand how health professionals failed to identify the Dunnes as a family in need of special attention.

The ISPCC says the findings highlight the need for a complete review of the child protection system, while Barnardos says it is essential that the Government invests proper resources in the area.

Barnardos has also expressed concern about the Government’s decision to black out seven of the report’s recommendations and a number of its conclusions.

It says this suggests the authorities won’t be wildly enthusiastic about implementing the necessary changes.