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Foster parent charged with having drugs worth €830 000

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 08:32
Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 

A MAN charged with possessing drugs worth almost €830,000 and who has previous convictions is a foster parent and has applied to foster another child, the High Court was told yesterday.

This follows reports last week and over the weekend that many foster families are not vetted by An Garda Síochána, and that children in certain areas are being placed with families with criminal convictions and a history of alcohol abuse.

A spokeswoman for the Health Service Executive said yesterday almost 88 per cent of foster parents have received clearance, including Garda vetting.

During a bail hearing