,Limerick East): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21, 36 and 50 together. I dealt with the question of the publication of the Madonna House report during my address to the Joint Committee on the Family last Wednesday, 24 April, and I will repeat what I said then for the benefit of the Deputy.
It is important to understand that there are significant differences between the Madonna House and Kelly Fitzgerald reports. The report of the inquiry into Madonna House was commissioned by the Sisters of Charity, who were responsible for the operation of the home until its closure in 1995. Many of the allegations made in the case of Madonna House have never been tested in court and are, at the moment, allegations only. A new allegation of abuse of a child at Madonna House was made recently. This allegation is currently being investigated by the Garda Síochána, in co-operation with the Eastern Health Board. In addition, there are a number of civil actions pending against the Eastern Health Board and the Sisters of Charity. These claim damages against the defendants for assault, negligence and breach of duty. This situation is in direct contrast with the Kelly Fitzgerald case where, as far as I am aware, there are no civil or criminal proceedings, pending or threatened, arising from the subject matter of the report.