A HSE internal disciplinary process into the Áras Attracta care facility in Swinford has yet to formally conclude and has cost the taxpayer more than €3 million to date.

Almost six years ago a documentary featuring the facility was broadcast on RTE, which showed some residents being mistreated by certain staff.

The programme featured undercover footage of residents at the facility, which cares for people with intellectual disabilities.

New records released to RTÉ Investigates under freedom of information show that the HSE wage bill for the workers – suspended on full pay, pending the outcome of its investigation – had reached around €3 million by August of this year.

At present, nine workers remain suspended on full pay, with their cumulative wage bill totalling €34,860 each month.

In total, factoring in the wage bill for the suspended workers, as well as assorted legal and investigation fees, it appears that the costs to the HSE in the wake of Áras Attracta are likely to be well in excess of €3.5 million.

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