RTÉ Investigates has learned that the Health Service Executive has written to the families of former service users who spent time in the ‘Grace’ foster home in the South East.  The contact comes in the wake of the publication of the Conal Devine and Resilience Ireland reports in recent weeks.

In correspondence, seen by RTÉ Investigates, the HSE told the families it wished to “discuss any issues” they might have arising from the publication of the reports.  The HSE has also offered support to the families “over this challenging time”.

Senior Counsel Marjorie Farrelly is to shortly begin a Commission of Investigation into the foster home. It will initially look at the case of ‘Grace’, the young woman with profound intellectual disabilities who was left in the home for almost 13 years after sexual abuse concerns first surfaced. The Commission will then examine the cases of 46 other people who stayed at the home.

Ms Farrelly is expected to complete an interim report within 6 months.