RTE’s creche mistreatment documentary, ‘A Breach of Trust’, attracted over 622,000 viewers with the ratings peaking at 708,000 during the programme, which was aired on Tuesday night.
The shocking documentary shows secretly recorded footage which was taken at three crèches in Dublin and Wicklow.
The footage shows creche workers tossing children on mattresses, shouting at them and leaving toddlers strapped into highchairs for hours on end.
Viewers were shocked and horrified by the findings, some of which was was recorded by an RTE researcher who had gone undercover as a worker at the childcare centres.
The Dundalk Democrat took to Facebook to find out what our readers thought of the documentary.
“It was horrible to watch,” said Sharon Myles while Gavin Duffy described it as “not easy to watch.”
Frances Casey asked “who regulates these establishments?
“Why hasn’t the government inspectors in place to check them.
“This country is a bloody disgrace, our children and our elderly are treated horrendously in establishments who charge extortionate prices to “care” for them.
“Frances Fitzgerald is waste of space children never had any rights, all you have to do is look at the HSE care system.”
One Dundalk resident had not watched the programme but said “I too had a bad experience with the welfare of my son while he was in the care of a creche in Dundalk,” she explained..
“I now have a fear of putting my little girl into one.”
Another reader, Mary Boyle, suggested the introduction of regular inspections.
“There should be regular inspections where the creche does not know in advance about.
“I wonder too are the people who work with children checked out the way registered childminders are.”
Laura Haughey commented that “it was hard viewing but eye opening to what goes on in some creches.
“Those poor babies. I was in bits watching.
“I’m thankful to the girls in my son’s creche, they are brillant.”