Legal Expert says victims of sexual abuse at Donegal Care Home are entitled to take legal action

The victims of sexual abuse at a Donegal care home are entitled to take legal action against the HSE for substantial damages.


That’s the view of a leading solicitor, in relation to the abuse of 18 residents with intellectual disabilities.


A review found staff and management had ‘full knowledge’ of the incidents, which were carried out by another service-user over a 13-year period.


Medical negligence solicitor, Cian O’Carroll, says the victims could take the HSE to court, through other parties.


The Government have said they are in favour of the full Brandon report being published but the HSE hold a different view according to government sources. Advice has been sought from the Attorney General to see whether the report could be published in full by the Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte.


HSE chief executive Paul Reid has apologised to residents and families affected by the abuse.


Mr Reid said the HSE did not wish to publish the Brandon report in full because it did not want to “compromise” the scoping review into whether disciplinary action was required.