RTE has been accused of forgery and carrying out criminal offences in making an undercover expose of Hyde and Seek creches.

Four Hyde & Seek creches had been ordered to close by December 31 on foot of an order of Tusla, Child and Family Agency, to remove them from the register.

They are located at Tolka Road, Shaw Street, Millbourne Avenue and Glasnevin in Dublin.

The pre-school company and the two directors also face a prosecution accused of alleged childcare failings, as a result of the RTE Investigates programme. They will face a non-jury trial on those charges at Dublin District Court in February.

The prosecution’s case in those proceedings will be based on inspectors’ reports and RTE footage.

There were 120 hours of footage filmed by undercover reporters sent into the creches and about 20 minutes were broadcast in an RTE Investigates programme earlier this year.

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