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Irish government rightly criticised at UN Committee on Rights of the Child – Senator Reilly

14 January, 2016

Sinn Fein Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly stated that it was important that the government was being held accountable for its failures on children’s rights at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. 

Speaking this afternoon, Senator Reilly said: 

“The criticisms of this government on its failures on children’s rights by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are the same criticisms that have been raised in the Houses of the Oireachtas, by NGO bodies, and by the public at large. 

“The failings of this government on these issues are colossal, and Minister James Reilly is being rightly called out on these failures in Geneva today. From this morning’s questioning session, a number of issues were repeatedly raised by members; these included child poverty, cuts to funding for families who are victims of domestic violence, the excessive cost of childcare and access to subsidised childcare, the treatment of ethnic minorities such as the travelling community, equality of access to education for all children, treatment of children with disabilities, children in Direct Provision, and of course the homelessness crisis and the number of children who are homeless. 

“We all need to be cognisant of the outcome of the UN committee’s deliberations and make sure that the failures of the past on children’s rights are not repeated into the future and that these issues which this government, and previous governments, failed to deal with are genuine election issues.

“Children’s rights issues are too important to just be discussed in Geneva by a UN Committee and then never discussed or acted upon in Ireland.”

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