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Irish government must be vigorous in defending children's rights against Brexit – Ó Laoghaire

30 January, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD


Speaking today after the Department of Children & Youth Affairs event titled ‘Young people and Brexit’, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central, commented that the Irish Government must defend the rights of children against Brexit.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said:

“We need to ensure, on the back of Brexit, that children’s rights are not diminished in any way, shape or form. A hard border would undermine the opportunities for education, health, and employment.

“From our perspective, it is vitally important to ensure that child protection measures are not at risk and children continue to enjoy the same standards through the upholding of essential protocols.

“It is also essential to ensure that cross border cooperation on these issues continues and that they improve in the future. There is a possibility of a loss or significant decrease in EU funding, which would prove detrimental to young people in border communities and in the north.

“We must also ensure that the resources and capabilities are out in place to manage with any potential increase in unaccompanied minors in the event of a hard border being imposed.

“It is clear that whatever about the Irish government, children’s rights are simply not on the agenda for the British government when it comes to Brexit. It is of paramount importance that the Government, as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, is robust in the defence of children's rights, protecting the rights of northern citizens, and that may be using whatever means, up to and including special status within EU for the north.” 

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