Dáil Éireann - Volume 596 - 26 January, 2005
Written Answers. - Children in Care.
Mr. Gormley Mr. Gormley
215. Mr. Gormley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children her plans to investigate the way in which health boards apparently paid out €85 million in 2004 to keep just 600 children in residential care; the fact that one health board is paying out €19,000 a week for special arrangements for one child; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1091/05]
Mr. B. Lenihan Mr. B. Lenihan
Mr. B. Lenihan: The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under  the Act, the executive is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Responsibility for provision of residential care for children in care rests with the executive. My Department has requested the primary, community and continuing care directorate of the Health Service Executive to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.
Dáil Éireann 596 Written Answers. Children in Care.