go missing in child vaccine inquiry
can't remember probe or its findings
Patricia McDonagh, Irish Independent, 21st August 2010
deputy chairman of the Dail was last night at the centre of a new
controversy over child vaccine trials.
Labour Health Minister in 1993, Brendan Howlin assured victims that an
inquiry had found they suffered no ill effects from the experimental
last night mystery surrounded the whereabouts of the files relating to
the inquiry -- and Mr Howlin admitted he did not remember the probe or
Department of Health said it was searching department archives in a bid
to locate the documents. "Until all the files are retrieved, the
department cannot say if the results of the inquiry exist," a
claims follow yesterday's revelations in the Irish Independent that some
victims of the trials are preparing a class action against the drugs
giant responsible for the trials.
documents reveal Mr Howlin's private secretary told victims the minister
was "satisfied" there was no risk to the children subjected to
the trials in the 1960s and 1970s. This was based on an inquiry
supposedly carried out by the Department of Health.
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