‘We Are In The Process Of Apologising’

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Further to last night’s reports in the Irish Examiner and RTÉ’s Prime Time concerning the circulation of a false allegation of child sex abuse against Sgt Maurice McCabe by Tusla…

Tusla have released the following statement.

Due to Data Protection and Constitutional rights, Tusla is prohibited from commenting on the details of individual cases. We also have a responsibility to protect the privacy and wellbeing of the children and families with whom we work.

Taking an overall view of this situation, however, it is clear to us that mistakes have been made. On this basis, we have commenced an internal review and we will cooperate fully with any commission of inquiry if requested.

Although we cannot comment on the details of this individual case, we can confirm that we are in the process of apologising fully to the individual involved.

It is important to note that when we receive allegations from a child – or from an adult reflecting on when they were a child – that we are obliged to carry out a complete assessment. We also accept that because of the nature and complexity of these situations,  the systems and processes involved in doing this need to be extremely robust.

In this case, it appears there were some failures and these are the subject of our internal review, the conclusions of which will be made public.

Tusla regrets that this situation has arisen and deeply apologises for distress caused. It does not reflect the high standards that we hold ourselves to and we want to assure the public that we will take whatever steps are required to ensure that nothing like this happens again.

H/T: Aubrey Robinson

Earlier: Pasted In Error

25 thoughts on “‘We Are In The Process Of Apologising’

  1. The Lady Vanishes

    A typically Irish trajectory… you make a complaint about someone who has done something wrong, they respond by making much more serious allegations against you. The people in charge want to hush up that the organisation is a flawed one, because the flaws suit them, so they validate and spread the more serious allegations. Of course your family is brought into it, because that’s how people are hushed up in Ireland, by threatening them with their family.

    Who’d be a whistleblower? Indeed, who’d have kids, because to have any element of vulnerability makes it so painful to fight for what you believe in?

    The only way to deal with these bullies is to stand up to them, and to support those who do. To question their excuses and lies and call them out as the bullies they are. Because out in the open, their power is gone. And only then can we start dealing with the flaws in the system that whistleblowing is supposed to expose, and that the people in charge are so anxious to hide.

    1. scottser

      https://www.thenation.com/article/wachovia-whistleblower/

      i was at a conference a few years ago and martin woods spoke about the persecution wachovia put him through after he blew the whistle on the banks’ money laundering racket for the mexican drug cartels. it’s absolutely harrowing stuff – allegations of mental disorders, contacting his wife with anonymous allegations of infidelity, freezing his potential to earn an income, slandering his name among other potential employers. asked if he’d do it again, he said ‘no way, there just isn’t the protection’. his whole life was on hold for over 5 years..

  2. nellyb

    “In this case, it appears there were some failures and these are the subject of our internal review, the conclusions of which will be made public.” – ah, isn’t lovely, the overdue sincerity? and the promise to tell us everytn? “Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kumbaya”.

  3. No more mr nice guy

    I don’t think I’ve ever read such mealy mouthed garbage in all my life. Let’s name and shame the perp!!!

  4. Deluded

    Should this not have been resolved years ago?
    Either:
    a) the error was dicovered at the time and apologies given then
    or
    b) nothing was done about an assault

  5. GiggidyGoo

    Where does Zappone now fit in to this? Did she raise her head up from filling out her Mileage expense sheets to tell anyone in Cabinet what was coming down the tracks?
    Kenny, as usual, off galavanting when the brown stuff hits the fan.

  6. Cian

    “It is important to note that when we receive allegations from a child – or from an adult reflecting on when they were a child – that we are obliged to carry out a complete assessment. “

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Apparently this “complete assessment” can be carried out without interviewing the subject of the allegation. Go figure!

  7. johnny

    “A Washington lawyer at a prominent firm was arrested in a disguise while trying to sell a copy of a secret lawsuit involving a company that was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

    Jeffrey Wertkin was picked up Jan. 31 in the lobby of a hotel in Cupertino, California, where he believed he was about to collect $310,000 for selling the lawsuit, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Wertkin, who worked in Washington for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, believed he would hand a copy of a complaint to an employee of the company, which was accused in the complaint by a whistle-blower of falsely billing the government.”

    https://bol.bna.com/akin-gump-lawyer-accused-of-trying-to-sell-lawsuit-under-seal/

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