There have been calls for an investigation into the case of three girls who were abused at a foster home in Co Galway.

The case has raised serious questions about how the HSE responded to the initial reports of abuse.

The victims also say they are distraught at what they see as the lenient sentence given to their abuser, and they will appear in an RTE Investigates report, to be broadcast on Prime Time tonight.

The women have waived their right to anonymity to name their abuser as 29 year old Keith Burke of Addergoolemore in Dunmore.

Last July, he was convicted following a nine-day trial - he was found guilty on 23 sample charges, including rape, sexual assault and buggery.

Earlier this month, Mr Burke was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for the rape charges and concurrent terms of six-and-a half years and five years for the remaining charges. The final year was suspended.

The three girls in care were aged under ten at the time of the abuse, which occurred between 2003 and 2007.

The full RTÉ Investigates report, “Fostered and Failed”, will be broadcast tonight on Prime Time on RTÉ One television at 9.35pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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