Mother-of-eight jailed over abuse

Last night, an independent investigation was launched into how the abuse had continued for so long, given that the family had previously come to the attention of social workers.

In Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Raymond Groarke described the plight of the six daughters and two sons as a "story of a huge human tragedy beyond description".

One of the woman's daughters said: "She wasn't a mother to me, she was an evil bitch."

The investigation will examine what concerns, if any, were raised by social workers when the HSE came into contact with the family in 2000. It will also investigate what steps were taken to protect the children.

The 47-year-old woman yesterday pleaded guilty to eight offences of assault and neglect of her eight children over a seven-year period from May 2002 to June 2009.

Read more at the Belfast Telegraph.

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