RTÉ Documentary Featured Creché Settled €30,000 Compensation Claim with Family of Young Boy

Yesterday, approval was given in the High Court for a €30,000 creche abuse compensation settlement for an eight-year-old boy who attended a creche featured in an RTE exposé on the treatment of pre-school children when he was just a young baby.

Lucas Doyle was only two years old when video of him allegedly being tied down in a chair for a period of two hours at the Giraffe creche, Belarmine, Stepaside, Co Dublin was aired publicly on the RTÉ programme ‘A Breach of Trust’.

The Belarmine Giraffe creche was one of three premises selected by the RTE PrimeTime Investigates exposé on the standard of care provided by pre school services within the State in 2013.

In the High Court the Judge Garret Simons was informed that, ten days prior to the RTE documentary being aired, the producer and cameraman of the documentary went to the boy’s home with footage of the incident. The young boy’s parents were shown the footage from the Belarmine creche which allegedly showed Lucas were tied into chairs and were also being shouted at.

Lucas attended the creche in Belarmine between August 2012 and May 2013, initially when he was 11-and-a-half months’ old until he was a around 1 year and eight months old. He (Lucas), via his mother Aisling Emmet, took the creche abuse compensation action against managing director Simon Dowling and Giraffe Childcare Unlimited Company in relation to the abuse he suffered.

It was claimed in the legal action that the footage showed that Lucas being tied in a chair for two hours on one day. Giraffe Childcare has advised Lucas’s parents that new safeguards had been implemented following the incident that was filmed. Despite this, his parents had sourced different childcare providers and Lucas was reported to have recovered well from any suffering he experienced.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons gave his approval for a child creche negligence compensation settlement of €30,000.