The Minister for Children has confirmed that she was aware of issues regarding the Hyde and Seek Creche chain in July 2018. 

Speaking in Galway today, Katherine Zappone said it was a matter of Dáil record that her Department received representations regarding the creche operation in the middle of last year. She said parliamentary questions had been submitted in this regard at the time.

In July, owner of the Hyde & Seek company Anne Davy stepped aside from frontline childcare following an RTÉ Investigates documentary 'Crèches, Behind Closed Doors'.

The Minister said Tusla was charged with investigating any issues around the operation of creches. 

She said that once she was made aware of concerns, they were passed to the inspectorate to ensure they were dealt with. 

Last week, correspondence obtained by Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte showed Minister Zappone received a copy of a complaint forwarded to the Child and Family Agency Tusla, from a parent regarding the Hyde & Seek crèche at Glasnevin on Dublin's northside.

The complaint from the parent, which detailed a series of issues with child-to-staff ratios and other safety concerns, was first shared with the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe who subsequently forwarded it to Minister Zappone.