In order to ensure that the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, is in a position to comprehensively and independently address all issues arising out of the events surrounding two children from two different Roma families being taken temporarily into care, I have formally confirmed to her today that I intend to appoint her in accordance with section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 to conduct an inquiry. This will ensure that she has available to her the statutory basis which will enable her to proceed as she deems appropriate and is in a legal position to access all information that she may require from An Garda Síochána. She is already vested with all legal powers required in respect of any engagement she may undertake arising out of these matters with the HSE.
Both Minister Frances Fitzgerald and I have confirmed to her that we expect by this day fortnight to have furnished to her the reports that have been requested from An Garda Síochána and the HSE. Upon the completion by her of this important task I look forward to receiving from the Ombudsman for Children, a detailed report containing such observations & recommendations as she may make. Her appointment as mentioned pursuant to the 2007 Act ensures that all issues that may arise can be comprehensively addressed. I am grateful to the Ombudsman for Children for her agreeing to undertake this task.
Notes for Editors:
See accompanying extract from the Criminal Justice Act 2007.