Speaking following the publication of the Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card on the government’s performance in child related areas, Sinn Féin Children’s Spokesperson Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caolain condemned the failure to address child poverty and the impact that Budget 2012 is having on children and young people.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said;
“The Children’s Rights Alliance has highlighted the fact that the Government is failing children in some key critical areas, most significantly in the outworking of Budget 2012, which has plunged vulnerable families further into poverty, and for the treatment of children detained in St. Patrick’s Institution. While we welcomed the Government’s decision to introduce the position of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with full status and their commitment to hold a referendum on children’s rights in 2012, ‘glaring violations of children’s rights’ continue.
“The Children’s Rights Alliance, as an umbrella body of children’s organisations, were key players in spearheading a campaign for a constitutional referendum. This Report Card clearly demonstrates the need to hold a referendum as soon as possible. Sinn Féin will continue to push for the rights of children to be enshrined and vindicated. The Report Card 2012, while positive in some areas, clearly demonstrates the failures of this Government in key areas of concern.”
“I am calling on the Government to examine this report carefully, including the recommendations proposed by the Children’s Rights Alliance and immediately live up to their own commitments towards children by implementing their own Programme for Government guarantees and introduce a children’s rights referendum bill immediately.”