Scandal of Children in Emergency Accommodation must be tackled - Ó Laoghaire
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs, and TD for Cork South Central. Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said the scandal of children in emergency accommodation must be tackled as a better of urgency.
His statement follows ccomments by Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection about the situation.
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said:
"We welcome and support Geoffrey Shannon's comments that the placement of homeless children in emergency accommodation is contrary to International Law.
"Placing young children in these settings is wholly inadequate, and something which Sinn Féin has been highlighting for some time now.
"There are over 2,000 children who currently find themselves in emergency accommodation in the state.
"It comes as no great surprise that Geoffrey Shannon has raised this scandal.
"We must acknowledge that the parents of these children are not to blame here.
"The failings of both this and the last Government have allowed the issue to trundle on.
"The Ministers for Children and for Housing must come together to tackle this crisis immediately.
"Emergency accommodation is not conducive to the development of any child, and we are failing these children as a result.
"We need to ensure children are moved on from these locations as soon as possible, that involves delivering as soon as possible housing with some stability, and solving the rental crisis, which this Government has thus far refused to do."