Speaking in advance of the launch of UNICEF's ‘It's about You’ campaign in Ballyfermot tomorrow local Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh welcomed the initiative which aims to give children a voice in the upcoming referendum.
The UNICEF campaign is to be launched by An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD tomorrow, Friday 5 October 2012, at 11am in The Base, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“UNICEF’s ‘It's about You’ campaign is a very welcome initiative. The upcoming referendum is all about children and it’s important that they have their say in the run-up to polling day.
“I hope the campaign will encourage adults to really listen and take children and young people’s views on board. And I hope it will also help to improve voter turn-out in constituencies like this one where it has traditionally been low.
“Hopefully our children will motivate those with a vote to use it come polling day.
“The irony of today's line-up can’t be missed and I hope it doesn’t detract from the launch. It’s undoubtedly hypocritical that this campaign on children’s rights is being launched by Labour and Fine Gael government members who are, this very week, proposing to cut child benefit again.
“The Labour and Fine Gael government have already introduced a series of anti-child cuts including cuts to child benefit, the back to school allowance and supports for lone parents. I
“I know the children of my constituency and their parents would use their voice to tell the government to back off and refrain from cutting child benefit again.”