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Funchion eager to take on new portfolio in Children and Youth Affairs

5 July, 2019 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion has said that she is eager to take on her new portfolio of Children and Youth affairs, saying that children and young people in Ireland have been consistently failed by this Fine Gael government and that she will be a voice for those who have been ignored.

The Carlow-Kilkenny TD said:

“Children and young people in Ireland face unprecedented challenges and difficulties not of their own making. There are three thousand children who do not have a place to call home. These places huge burdens in terms of social exclusion and access to education.

“Our schools must be resourced adequately to provide equally for all children who attend - with or without additional needs. The education system is broken for a disconcerting number of autistic children and their families.

“Our foster care system has repeatedly shown that the government is not paying due concern to the conditions that some children find themselves in. CAMHS services are woefully underfunded and underresourced. Democratic representation of young people has also suffered under this government as Fine Gael have reneged on the referendum on lowering the voting age to 16.

“We have seen what these young people can do when they come together, such as in the climate strike protests. Increasingly, children have shown that they have a level of political and social awareness that can dwarf that of their elders. I look forward to helping augment and amplify their voices.”

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