Hayes family yet to get offer of compensation
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.