HSE concerned over report in Limerick creche prosecution

Fiona Doheny pleaded guilty to breaching childcare regulations at Ti Na Leanai, Toureen Ballysimon. (Picture: Michael Cowhey)
THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has expressed concerns about an “expert report” prepared on behalf of a childcare provider who has admitted breaching childcare regulations.

THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has expressed concerns about an “expert report” prepared on behalf of a childcare provider who has admitted breaching childcare regulations.

Last week, Fiona Doheny of Tí Na Leanaí, Toureen Ballysimon, pleaded guilty to four offences which were detected during a routine inspection of the childcare facility on February 27, last.

In mitigation, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told Ms Doheny had sought expert advice since and a 30 page report was submitted to the court.

However, yesterday afternoon, solicitor Muiris Gavin said the HSE has “certain concerns” about some of the contents of the report.

He said Ms Doheny had been informed in writing of the concerns and he requested a two week adjounrment of the case to allow her to consider her position.

The specific nature of the HSE’s concerns were not disclosed to the court.

Adjourning the case until early next month, Judge O’Kelly said he would not read the report until the position of Ms Doheny is clarified.

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