Hayes fam­ily yet to get of­fer of com­pen­sa­tion

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - BY SI­MON BROUDER

JUS­TICE Min­is­ter Char­lie Flana­gan has spo­ken to Joanne Hayes but, as of yet, no for­mal of­fer of com­pen­sa­tion has been made to the Abbey­dor­ney woman, or her fam­ily, over their treat­ment dur­ing the Kerry Ba­bies’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The De­part­ment of Jus­tice has con­firmed that Min­is­ter Flana­gan has spo­ken to Joanne Hayes by phone but no de­tails of the con­ver­sa­tion have been re­vealed to re­spect the fam­ily’s re­quest for pri­vacy.

The call fol­lows a pub­lic apol­ogy to Joanne Hayes in Jan­uary from the Gar­daí and the Gov­ern­ment for their treat­ment dur­ing the botched 1984 case and the sub­se­quent tri­bunal.

Since the apol­ogy ne­go­ti­a­tions have been on­go­ing re­gard­ing po­ten­tial com­pen­sa­tion. The fam­ily are un­der­stood not to be push­ing for a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment.

A source with knowl­edge of the dis­cus­sions said the fam­ily re­mains ex­tremely up­set about what was done to them and are still suf­fer­ing.

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