Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Government to fulfil its promise to children by ensuring that sufficient social workers are in place.
Commenting on figures from the Child and Family Agency showing the shortfall in social services for vulnerable children, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"At the time of the Children's Referendum we said that to have practical meaning it must be followed by resources from Government to protect and support children. The figures from the Child and Family Agency showing the major shortfall in the numbers of social workers for children represent a failure on the part of Government to fulfil its commitment. The Agency should now lead a concerted effort to ensure that the new Minister for Children James Reilly and his Cabinet colleagues put this right and provide resources to put in place sufficient social workers."