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It is incredible the Government doesn't know the number of deaths of children in care, Gilmore

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 08:56 PM

The Taoiseach's response about the deaths of children in care was described as 'incredible' by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.

"It is incredible the State is not in a position to tell us how many children have died in its care," Deputy Gilmore said speaking in today's Leaders' Questions in the Dail.

"If the number of children dying in care is as high as 200 in the past 10 years, an average of 20 per year, then it works out 10 to 12 times the mortality rate in the wider population.

"The Taoiseach tells us he does not know the number of children who have died in State care."

The Labour Leader continued to press the Taoiseach saying that information on children dying the care of the State would not take the State agency responsible months to compile.
"It should be at the top of the agenda."

You can see Eamon's contribution on the accompanying video while our Spokesperson on Children Senator Alex White, released this statement where he described the inability of the HSE to clarify how many children have died as "profoundly worrying".

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