Liaise with agencies in abuse cases, Garda told

The Irish Times

CONOR LALLY, Crime Correspondent

THE GARDA Inspectorate has identified a lack of meaningful co-operation between the Garda, Health Service Executive agencies and NGOs as a major ongoing impediment to the swift and thorough investigation of sexual abuse against children.

In the findings of its report into how the Garda responds to complaints of child sexual abuse, it has recommended a new response across the force and the agencies gardaí work with.

It has urged the appointment of an assistant commissioner who would have an oversight role into all of the Gardas responses to allegations of sexual abuse, both clerical and lay.

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