We have listened to all the rhetoric and the lip service apology from Bertie, while he went and sold us short behind our backs.
However, does the Louise O'Keefe case, on top of the failings of the HSE/State in the Roscommon case and the refusal of Govt to prioritise legislation for childrens rights go to show the real true colours of FF and this government and their actual blatant disregard for Child Welfare!! Look at the closure of the 3 wards in Crumlin now also!
A HIGH-COURT ruling, which had left an abuse victim facing a €500,000 legal bill, could have had major implications for other victims. Mother-of-two Ms Louise O'Keeffe (41) was abused by her primary school principal. But after taking a case against the state she was facing a legal costs bill of up to €500,000. The High Court found the State was not to blame for indecent assaults inflicted on her when she was eight. It also said the Minister for Education had no liability in relation to the assault.
The abuser teacher, Leo Hickey, a former principal at Dunderrow National School, was sentenced to three years for the abuse he meted out to young girls in the 1970s. Ms O'Keeffe was awarded €54,000 in compensation by the Criminal Injuries Tribunal. But she subsequently took a High Court action against the State arguing that it was guilty of negligence in the matter