Ó Laoghaire expresses concern at dropped Tusla Commitment
Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his dismay at the apparent dropping of a commitment to invest in supports for Children in their first year of life.
The Cork South-Central TD and party spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs said:
“I’m somewhat surprised, and concerned, that a progressive and important commitment that appeared in the draft document of the program for government hasn’t made it to the final draft.
“Contained within the draft Programme for Government was a pledge to ‘Resource Tusla to ensure a comprehensive range of services for families throughout a child’s first year and beyond’. However, this pledge appears not to have been significant enough to be included in the final draft.
“That is extremely disappointing, and raises the concern that it reflects this Government’s intention to back away from committing those resources required, and that's even before the Government has even really got started.
“The Minister for Children Katherine Zappone must make a statement which provides the justification and rationalisation as to why the proposal was not deemed important enough to be included in the final document.
“It goes without saying that Tusla does require more resources across the board, but this was a very specific commitment, focusing on giving Children a strong start from the start of their lives. I would have thought this would have been particularly important to the Minister. I hope that the Government can shed some light on this matter, and ensure that Tusla is not left short for resources in this regard.”