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Bairbre de Brún to press for All Ireland approach to child protection with Shaun Woodward

17 October, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún and Sue Ramsey MLA, Spokesperson for Children will meet with Shaun Woodward tomorrow (18.10.05) to discuss the issue of cross-border child protection. The NSPCC, ISPCC and Barnardo's will also be represented at Tuesday's meeting.

The meeting will take place in Stormont Castle between 11.45am and 12.30pm

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin wants to discuss with the Minister the nature and extent of cross-border child protection issues and the co-operation needed between the DHSSPS and the Department of Health and Children to overcome these challenges.

"We need to see a systematic and ongoing co-operation to protect children and formal mechanisms to ensure that this happens." ENDS

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