Garda creche inquiry

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Anne Davey holding child down at nap time

THE owners of a disgraced creche faced down their critics at the weekend as they met with concerned parents.

Siobhan Davy and her mother Anne had not been seen in public since the family-run creche chain, Hyde & Seek, was exposed in for alleged breaches of regulations in an RTE Investigates documentary last Wednesday night.

Siobhan Davy met with parents behind-closed-doors but refused to answer questions when reporters asked if she had anything to say to other parents affected at the Hyde & Seek creche at Tolka Road in north Dublin.

Anne Davy ignored questions when asked if she would like to apologise to parents or say something to them.

The protesters held placards outside the building which had remained padlocked since last Wednesday night.

must be able to have confidence that their children are safe, secure and well-treated

Officials from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, are due to appear before an Oireachtas committee this week to discuss revelations contained in the RTÉ programme.

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs will question Tusla officials about what actions the agency is taking in response to the content of the programme.

In a statement, committee chairman Alan Farrell said: “Parents and guardians must be able to have confidence that their children are safe, secure and well-treated when in childcare facilities.”

The Fine Gael TD said: “We need to know what Tusla as the regulator and inspector of early years services can do to close or suspend services when serious concerns are identified.”

Separately, Tusla has confirmed that the Garda Child Protection Unit at Mountjoy Garda Station has opened an investigation, along with the Tusla Social Work Unit, into the issues raised during the broadcast. Hyde & Seek has said it will bring in external experts to review its management structure.

Parents of children at the creche he told RTÉ that the company had “broke their trust”.

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