Dáil Éireann - Volume 461 - 08 February, 1996

Written Answers. - Trudder House (Wicklow) Allegations.

[796] 36. Ms F. Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health the investigations, if any, carried out by the Eastern Health Board into allegations of abuse in Trudder House; the action, if any, he intends to take in this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19009/95]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): I can confirm to the House that the Eastern Health Board and the Garda have been investigating allegations of abuse of residents at Trudder House. Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, which, until its relocation last year, was a residential centre catering for young travellers.

I understand that an investigation file in this matter was forwarded on 4 December 1995, by the Garda to the Director of Public Prosecutions whose directions are now awaited. The Deputy will appreciate that, in view of the fact that prosecutions may be initiated, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the matter at this stage.