‘Food-processing plants in Ireland should not be able to be run like the NHS’

A food processing plant in the Republic of Ireland has been forced to close for safety reasons after a child died.

The facility was shut after an incident involving a boy.

A report by the Department of Health and Social Protection has been handed over to the Department for Education, Health Protection and Welfare.

A spokesperson for the department said the department had been asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a child in April and had received the report.

The spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a child who died at the facility in County Wicklow on April 5 was under the care of staff from the Department on April 7, and the report from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is now being considered.”

The spokesperson added that the facility had been closed following the HPA investigation and the investigation would continue.