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The Health Service Executive (HSE) has written a formal apology to a woman with severe disabilities who allegedly suffered years of sexual and physical abuse in a foster care home in the south east.

It is claimed the woman remained in the home for 13 years, after all other minors were removed and a warning was issued from authorities in the UK.

The HSE has said it already apologised to the victim - but this claim is disputed.

The Irish Examiner says the HSE has now written a formal apology, accepting that none of the failures should ever have happened.

A Dáil committee heard claims that a foster care family in the south-east may have sexually abused over 40 young people with intellectual disabilities.

The claims were raised at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and have been sent to the Department of the Taoiseach and the gardaí.

It is reported that the former South-Eastern Health Board became aware of the concerns in 1992, and all children were removed from their care in 1995.

However due to a clerical mistake, one person was left in their care until 2009.

A 200-page report was commissioned by the HSE into the incident, but it was not more widely known until the PAC received an excerpt of the report from a health service whistleblower.


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