Pringle calls for full inquiry into abuse scandal

The Minister for Disabilities has requested further information from the HSE as it relates to a validation report into the latest revelations of abuse in residential facilities for people with disabilities in Donegal.


A new review has found at least 40 intellectually disabled residents in a HSE run centre in Donegal were subjected to ongoing sexual assaults for over a decade.


The assaults, dating back to 1991, occurred in the now closed Sean O’Hare Unit in St Joseph’s Hospital Stranorlar – the same centre where a separate review also found prolonged abuse by a resident given the pseudonym Brandon.


Minister Anne Rabbitte was responding to questions in the Dail by independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle asked whether the Government is going to carry out a full independent inquiry into the matter: