Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Questions (1191)

Holly Cairns

Question:

1191. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking in response to his Department’s role in the building of dossiers on children with autism who were involved in legal actions against the State by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17496/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I take the allegations made in recent media reports extremely seriously. A team has been set up to establish the facts in respect of specific allegations made in the RTÉ Prime Time programme on 25th March 2021. The Department has engaged with the Data Protection Commissioner.

The allegations which were the subject of the RTÉ Prime Time programme on March 25th were brought to the Department's attention last year. The Department took the matters raised very seriously and commissioned an independent, expert review by an external Senior Counsel. This review was completed in November 2020. Subject to clarification of legal matters, I hope this review may be published at the earliest possible opportunity.