THE HSE is to be stripped of its childcare role with the setting up of a new national agency dedicated to child protection.
Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the new agency would strip away the "procrastination, the deception and evasion" that allowed abusers to go unpunished.
Ms Fitzgerald added that the country had been shamed by the neglect and violence meted out to children over the decades.
Launching a consultation with youngsters on a five-year national children's strategy, the minister said work will begin immediately on setting up the new body.
"A body dedicated to child protection, a body dedicated to the safety of our children and a body dedicated to stripping away the procrastination, the deception and evasion that has allowed abusers go unpunished," Ms Fitzgerald said.See Page 15