Abuse survivor criticises Govt response to European judgment

Tuesday 05 August 2014 11.52
Louise O'Keeffe is seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach and Minister for Education
Louise O'Keeffe is seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach and Minister for Education

Abuse survivor Louise O'Keeffe has criticised the Government's response to the European ruling that the State was liable for the sexual abuse she suffered while a national school pupil.

The State had always denied any responsibility.

Legislation is currently before the Dáil which will put key elements of the child-protection guidance on a statutory footing.

It requires mandatory reporting of concerns by certain professionals including teachers.

An Inter-Departmental Implementation Group is expected to carry out a review of current and planned child protection mechanisms.

The State claims agency is examining abuse cases to try and identify those affected by the judgment.

This last point particularly annoys Ms O'Keeffe whose case has implications for potentially hundreds of abuse survivors.

Ms O'Keeffe is seeking a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan to discuss what she describes as a very disappointing response.