Pavee Point criticises investigation into removals of Roma children
on 25/10/2013 00:00:00
The information will then be passed on to the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan.
But Martin Collins of Pavee Point yesterday said both families deserved "a formal acknowledgement or apology" from the State, and said he was unhappy with the format of the investigation into the actions of the gardaí and the HSE.
"There has not been any formal acknowledgement or apology given to any of the families involved," he said, adding that such an apology should be offered.
"In relation to the format of the inquiry Pavee Point is not happy at all," he said. "It is not a full, independent, transparent investigation.
"It is a case of the HSE and the gardaí carrying out internal reviews and passing them to the ministers who will forward it on to the Ombudsman for Children."
Instead of this he said Pavee Point would have preferred if the Ombudsman for Children simply carried out her own investigation and published the results.
The group also proposed that child law expert and government-appointed child rapporteur Geoffrey Shannon as a suitable candidate to carry out the inquiry.
Mr Shannon was the co-author of the report into the deaths of children known to the care system published last year.