‘WE DIDN’T HIDE OUR IDEN­TITY’

FAM­I­LIES GROUP DIS­AP­POINTED WITH IN­TER­VIEW RE­MARKS

Bray People - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE Sun­beam House Ser­vices Fam­ily Ad­vo­cacy Group ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with com­ments made by out­go­ing manag­ing di­rec­tor John Han­ni­gan in a ra­dio in­ter­view last Fri­day.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view on East Coast Ra­dio, Mr Han­ni­gan out­lined that a de­lay in cor­re­spon­dence with fam­i­lies af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the Jeyes Re­port was due to the fact that Sun­beam House Ser­vices did not know who was in­volved in the ad­vo­cacy group.

He said that cor­re­spon­dence came from ‘an anony­mous email with no iden­ti­fi­able con­nec­tions’.

‘No­body was will­ing to talk to us di­rectly. We didn’t know who were talk­ing to,’ he said.

The group how­ever, has re­futed this and said that each of the fam­i­lies in the group re­ceived in­di­vid­ual reg­is­tered let­ters of apol­ogy af­ter the re­port was pub­lished.

They also said that the 112 mem­bers en­dorsed a rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­mit­tee and that the board and man­age­ment of Sun­beam House Ser­vices and HSE were ad­vised of this.

‘Mr Han­ni­gan was aware that those af­fected by the Jeyes Re­port had formed a fam­ily ad­vo­cacy group. We have since met with the Board of SHS and the HSE en­dorsed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of this group in all con­sul­ta­tions about restora­tive re­sponses,’ a spokesper­son for the group said.

In the in­ter­view Mr Hanni- gan who will be leav­ing Sun­beam House Ser­vices to take up a new role at the end of the month, said he was ‘dis­ap­pointed’ to learn through the me­dia that Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris had com­mis­sioned a re­view of the ser­vice but said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ‘very happy to co­op­er­ate fully’.

He said that he was ‘ leav­ing with a heavy heart’ not di­rectly as a re­sult of re­cent events but said that he be­lieved Sun­beam House Ser­vices has a bright fu­ture ahead.

Mean­while, a spokesper­son for Min­is­ter Har­ris said that he ‘con­tin­ues to be fully sup­port­ive of the fam­i­lies and has met the group on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions’.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris.

John Han­ni­gan.

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