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Sinn Féin welcome announcement on Children's Minister

21 June, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Young People, West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed Peter Hain's announcement that he will appoint a Minster with responsibility for Children and Young People.

Ms Ramsey said:

"Sinn Féin argued that there should be a Minster with specific responsibility for Children and Young People in the negotiations that led up to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Unfortunately this suggestion found no support with any of the other political parties, including the SDLP.

"Sinn Féin have continued to argue that there is a need for a Minster with responsibility for Children and Young People.

"Today's announcement vindicates Sinn FéinŒs demand. However, it is vital that this new ministerial responsibility includes adequate powers and resources to ensure that the rights of children and young people are protected and promoted and that adequate policy commitments are put in place particularly in relation to an all-Ireland Sex offenders register, adequate resources for the education system and the scandal of childhood poverty." ENDS

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