Friday 15 December 2017

Creche owner at centre of Prime Time investigation fined €1,000 for breaching childcare law

Deirdre Kelly
Deirdre Kelly

A Dublin creche has been fined €1,000 for breaching childcare laws, after featuring in a RTE Prime Time investigation.

The Links creche in Malahide, and its owner Deirdre Kelly, had been facing a total of 24 charges in court, brought by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency,

However, the four charges against Ms Kelly were withdrawn and Judge John O'Neill said that "no fault applies to her in any shape or form".

Of the remaining 20 charges against the creche which were initially being brought, Dublin District Court heard this morning that 12 were being withdrawn and just eight remained.

Lawyers for the Child and Family Agency told the court that a number of incidents had been recorded between February and March 2013.

The court was told that some of the children attending the creche had been shouted at, cursed in front of, "slammed into a chair" and that a staff member had been forceful.

The court heard that "99pc" of the incidents related to one particular staff member who has since left the company,

Lawyers for Ms Kelly said that she was taking the matter "very seriously" and described her as a very private person.

She has also offered to pay a contribution toward the prosecution costs, the hearing heard.

Judge John O'Neill said that based on the fact that the creche provided a high level of cooperation during the investigation and that it "appears to have been an isolated incident", he was fining them €1,000 in relation to charges which occurred on February 25, which they have two months to pay.

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