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Rights of Children must be given precedence – Ní Riada

27 November, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has called upon the Irish government to reaffirm its commitment to both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on its 25th anniversary and its more recent guidelines arising from the children’s referendum two years ago. This came as she co-signed a motion celebrating the anniversary of the UN convention at a plenary session in Strasbourg this week.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“On the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we must take a hard look at the Ireland in which we are raising our children. In the first ten months of 2014, 800 children and their families lost their homes. In the Children’s Rights Alliance scorecard of government behaviour towards children in 2014, Ireland was harshly criticised for children’s lack of access to an adequate standard of living and the right to equality and non-discrimination. It is of crucial importance that the government fully embrace the articles of the Convention and make Ireland as best a country to raise a child as it can.”

“In the referendum on children’s rights in 2012, the government committed to take a child-centred approach to the protection of all children and to base child protection and social protection measures on what is in the best interests of the child. We must build upon this commitment. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic contains a promise to cherish all the children of the nation equally and we must foster this commitment both at home and abroad.”

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