Change urged in reporting child cases

A District Court judge is calling for a change to the law which prevents journalists reporting on HSE applications to take a child into care.

“We’ve learned very little from our past with children and we’ll continue to learn little,” said Judge Desmond Zaidan. Childcare applications were heard “in a hush-hush, secretive manner with the public not knowing what’s going on”. There were “pitfalls” but they went unnoticed because the hearings took place in private, he added.

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