The HSE in the Mid West has confirmed that it has initiated a review of certain historic files at St Anne's Service, Roscrea.
These files date from the early 1980s to 2010 and are being reviewed as part of an assurance process.
In a statement , the HSE said that as part of the review process, the HSE had established a Serious Incident Management Team (SIMT) with input from the current service provider (the Daughters of Charity Services). The HSE has deployed a number of specialist resources in order to assist with the review.
The current Service Provider, the Daughters of Charity Services, took over the provision of St Anne’s services Roscrea in 2008. The previous service provider was provided under the trusteeship of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.
The HSE says that the Daughters of Charity Services undertook a preliminary examination of some files in 2016. Having referred the matter to the HSE, it was determined there was sufficient concern in order to undertake a further review. Records in respect of some 393 individuals were identified in the examination to date.
The review is an ongoing process and due to the nature and complexity of the review is expected to take at least 12 months to complete.
Based on all of the emerging information further assessment will be made on the need for any specific work to be undertaken in the future, the HSE said.
The Tipperary Star understands that the review arose after a staff member from the centre's current management discovered issues in the archives going back to the tenure of the previous management.
Those concerns were brought to the HSE's attention and an archive examination of the records concerning 393 individuals was undertaken.
During that examination, 131 complaints were discovered that were made by, or on behalf of, service users and that is what the SIMT will examine.
They want to know how the complaints were handled and whether appropriate follow-up action was taken in the case of serious issues.
They will be contacting the families of the service users and their current service providers to see if those individuals are now being safeguarded, and what further information about the complaints is available.
The HSE team is believed to be liaising with other agencies, including the Gardaí and Tusla on the matter.