Dáil hears claims about Grace's foster home

Deputies will continue debating the terms of reference of the Grace inquiry this morning

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Mick Wallace TD. Image: RollingNews.ie

The Dáil has heard claims that the foster family at the centre of the Grace case continued to take people into care six years after Grace was removed.

It is alleged that the HSE failed to pass on warnings about the alleged abuse that had taken place to the woman with intellectual disabilities in the home.

The claims were made during last night's Dáil debate on the terms of reference for the Grace inquiry.

It was previously believed that the final person had been removed from the home in 2013 - but Independents4Change TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace said someone was there for two further years.

Deputy Wallace claimed: "A girl was there in 2015. They told the family 'we wouldn't recommend you put her there' - they didn't tell them why. They didn't want to lift the lid." 

If the claims are true, it would mean the foster family was continuing to take people into its care, a full six years after Grace was removed.

The Dáil is due to continue debating the terms of reference today.