Ex-teacher awarded €700,000 against HSE - The Irish Times - Sat, Dec 22, 2012
Story is on page 6 of the Irish Times today Saturday. Subheadings are
"Court finds inquiry into sex abuse claims conducted in 'grossly reckless' manner AND
"Man was a victim 'of targeted malice' and of a 'prejudged investigation'
In his judgment Mr Justice O’Neill said a report of March 2006 which led to the teacher being removed from his post and placed on administrative leave fell far short of an honest attempt by the HSE to discharge its duty. The documentary evidence in the case “demonstrates forcibly that from the outset of this investigation its outcome was always prejudged or determined”, he said.
It also showed the investigation was “conducted in a manner calculated to ensure that the predetermined concluding would not be deflected or disturbed by any meaningful input by the applicant”. Mr Justice O’Neill said the allegations were effectively accepted as true from the outset and said the health board and health service had at every step of the investigation “sheltered these allegations from appropriate scrutiny, thereby ensuring the applicant did not escape his fate as a child sex abuser, as they saw it”.
I can recall at least two other cases of this type where the HSE conducted bogus investigations of teachers and simply equated an allegation of sex-abuse with guilt. And these are the people who failed to notice that 200 young people in their care had died between 2000 and 2010 - the majority being unnatural deaths (homicide, suicide, drug abuse etc) - I think the original figure they gave was twenty!