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Friday 9 December 2016

Creche firm fined after RTE expose hits €1.5m profit

The Dublin creche firm that featured in an RTE investigation and was subsequently charged with breaking childcare laws will have little difficulty paying the €1,000 fined imposed on it.

At Dublin District Court last Friday, Judge John O’Neill imposed a €1,000 fine on Links Crèche and Montessori Ltd at Abington Wood, Malahide.

The firm pleaded guilty to charges pertaining to incidents which occurred on eight different dates across February and March in 2013.

The court heard that during these dates, a toddler was “shouted at” after she soiled herself. Another child was pushed to the floor, while on a later date a child was “slammed in a chair and shouted at for trying to feed herself”.

The prosecution was brought by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency (CFA) as a result of the exposé, Breach of Trust, by RTE’s investigations unit, which aired in 2013.

However, recently filed accounts with the Companies Office by Links Creche and Montessori Ltd show that at the end of October, the firm was sitting on accumulated profits of €1.5m.

During the year, the firm’s cash pile increased from €246,713 to €502,629.

However, the firm was loss making in the year which took place after the RTE programme was broadcast.

An auditor’s report lodged for the period until October 2014 confirms that the business was loss-making during the period.

The extent of losses are not disclosed.

The accounts do show that during the period, the firm’s accumulated profits reduced by €344,561 from €1.862m to €1.5m.

The business is co-owned by Deirdre Kelly, along with members of her family, and has been operating for 11 years and employs 200.

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