The Minister for Children and Equality has held a meeting with a survivor of severe abuse while she was a child in foster care and the subject of an Internal Case Review produced by Tusla in 2020 known as the 'Alice Report'.

Present at the meeting was 'Alice', her partner, a representative of the department, Minister O'Gorman and Luke Silke of Aontú.

The meeting was held after the Aontú leader, Peadar Toíbín, called for a public inquiry into abuses that have occurred in the foster care system.

In the Dáil, he called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to meet with 'Alice'.

The Taoiseach's Office wrote to 'Alice' in recent months to say that his diary was too full to meet her and suggested that she meet with Minister Roderic O'Gorman.

The meeting was held in the Department of Children building on Baggot Street in Dublin this morning, and lasted around 1.5 hours.

At the meeting, 'Alice' requested a State apology for herself and her family, and the establishment of a commission of investigation into child abuse which occurred within the State foster care system.

She presented the minister with a typed letter outlining her experiences in State care and her subsequent campaign for justice.

Speaking today, Mr Tóibín said that while he was glad 'Alice' got the opportunity to discuss her concerns and experiences with Mr O'Gorman, he expressed disappointment that it took nearly three decades of campaigning before the Government listened to her story.

He noted that 'Alice's' case "bears striking resemblance to the Grace case - everyone knew she was being abused, but nobody did anything".

Mr Tobín said one major unanswered question was whether 16 other children who were in the same foster home where ‘Alice’ was abused, were interviewed by gardaí or social workers as part of any investigation.

"This matter is very serious and Aontú will be raising the matter with the Government once more, as soon as the Dáil is sitting again," he said.

Mr Silke said that the minister verbally apologised for the experience that ‘Alice’ had, not only in State care, but along the path to justice in the decades since.