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#Children's Rights

# childrens-rights - Thursday 9 April, 2020

'Ireland lost one of our greatest champions of children': Tributes paid to advocate Norah Gibbons

Gibbons was involved in several projects to protect the rights of children and vulnerable groups.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Mary McAleese says the Vatican is moving backwards on children's rights

The former president says the church is embroiled in a dispute with the governing body of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

# childrens-rights - Sunday 26 February, 2017

"We call this residential care, I call it institutionalisation of trauma": Group calls for better child protection

The Irish Care Leavers’ Network is dedicated to supporting people coming out of State care.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 28 September, 2016

Most complaints made to children's watchdog are about schools

The office dealt with 1,639 complaints in 2015.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 24 May, 2016

"At the moment, court is a very frightening place for a child" - young victims in Ireland's legal system

A case of severe child abuse that recently passed through the courts showed some of the provisions in place to help protect minors.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 4 February, 2016

The UN has called Ireland out on religious schools' 'discriminatory admissions policies'

A number of human and children’s rights groups have called for action in addressing a number of issues.

# childrens-rights - Monday 23 February, 2015

The number of children living in poverty could fill Mayo

“In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”

# childrens-rights - Friday 7 November, 2014

Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy

It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.

# childrens-rights - Friday 10 October, 2014

Nobel committee shocked by guy who says Malala 'hasn't actually done anything'

Bizarre question throws Peace Prize announcement for a loop.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

When Ireland can't help, here's where children can turn to

Charlie Flanagan has signed an important protocol to a UN convention to strengthen children’s rights.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Philomena Lee to speak about her experience of forced adoption in Ireland

The event will see a number of different international experts discussing children’s rights in Ireland.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Opinion: Once again, we've heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights

Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 10 July, 2014

New law would make it complusory for fathers' names to be included on birth certs

The new Bill has been described as “the most important reform of family law for a generation”.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Government fails Traveller, migrant children and those who are at risk of poverty

The Children’s Rights Alliance gave the government an overall ‘C’ grade in this year’s report card.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 30 January, 2014

New child protection agency to be officially launched today

The Child and Family Agency will take over from the HSE in relation to child welfare.

# childrens-rights - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Children's Ombudsman has "trust of the public" needed for Roma cases probe

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald explains why Emily Logan has been given power to compel gardai to speak to her.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Ireland 'must ratify' protocols to UN convention on child protection

The Children’s Rights Alliance says Ireland has only signed up to one of three optional protocols to the UN convention.

# childrens-rights - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Van Turnhout in discussions with Fine Gael over filling Mitchell's MEP seat has learned that the senator is in discussions over the possibility of joining Fine Gael and running for the seat being vacated by Gay Mitchell next year.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Column: Last year's multi-million euro underspend in mental health is unacceptable

In a year when many families and communities lost a child or young person to suicide, it makes no sense that €29 million pledged to be spent on mental health was not used, writes Tanya Ward.

# childrens-rights - Monday 18 February, 2013

New bill introduces definition of a grandparent

Fine Gael TD said it is an unusual piece of legislation as our laws do not generally address such personal issues as familial bonds.

Government awarded overall C grade in 2013 report card

The report card comes from the Children’s Rights Alliance, which put the Department of Social Protection at the bottom of the class due to child poverty.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

The Russian president said today he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Referendum website's 'Like' button illustrated bias for Yes vote

The Supreme Court delivers its full ruling into why the Government’s website for the Children’s Referendum was not impartial.

# childrens-rights - Saturday 1 December, 2012

‘Baby boxes’: what they are, and why the UN wants them banned Society This post contains images

‘Baby boxes’: what they are, and why the UN wants them banned

Revival of medieval ‘foundling’ boxes in which abandoned babies were placed send “bad message to society”.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

Column: We've passed the children's referendum, but there's more to do

The sexual abuse scandals in Australia’s Catholic Church and the BBC show that there is still work to do beyond the contitutional change passed earlier this month, says the Children’s Rights Alliance.

# childrens-rights - Sunday 18 November, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here’s the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# childrens-rights - Sunday 11 November, 2012

Constituency-by-constituency: How you voted

Which electoral area had the highest proportion of ‘Yes’ votes? Which one had the highest percentage of ‘No’ ballots? And into which top 10 does the Taoiseach’s home constituency fall?

# childrens-rights - Friday 9 November, 2012

Column: ‘I want the best for children, which is why I am voting No’

Pat Kavanagh says she has serious questions about the new Child and Family Support Agency.

Column: ‘Vote Yes to end the culture where children are seen and not heard’

Fergus Finlay says countless reports documented Ireland’s failings to protect children, but this constitutional amendment will change that.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Children’s Referendum website corrected after omitting part of amendment

The government’s scaled-down version of needed amending this evening after it omitted part of the referendum being held on Saturday.

Minister: Government acted "in good faith" on referendum information

Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the Office of the Attorney General gave legal advice on the website and booklet.

Colm O'Gorman: The State failed children, but so too did society

The head of Amnesty International Ireland addresses concerns of the ‘No’ camp in Children’s Referendum – and says the Constitution will still be unambiguous in asserting the status of the family.

Supreme Court says Government's Referendum site 'not fair, equal or impartial'

The Supreme Court says the government’s literature is not impartial, and therefore an inappropriate use of public money.

Column: EastEnders plot has no bearing on Children’s Referendum

The dramatic storyline has not gone unnoticed but it should not permeate people’s opinions, writes Tanya Ward.

Children vote on... children's referendum (They went for 'Yes') Referendum This post contains videos

Children vote on... children's referendum (They went for 'Yes')

Five youth organisations give test poll to those not entitled to vote – but whose lives are most likely to be affected by the outcome.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Referendum Commission praises 'civic-minded' broadcasters for extra time Referendum This post contains videos

Referendum Commission praises 'civic-minded' broadcasters for extra time

Over 60 broadcasters accepted a request from the Commission to devote extra time to its impartial broadcasts on Saturday’s vote.

# childrens-rights - Sunday 4 November, 2012

Children's Referendum: Varadkar hits out at the No side

The Minister has strongly criticised what he labelled “the constant misinformation” being propagated by the No side.

# childrens-rights - Saturday 3 November, 2012

Poll: Should voting in elections and referendums be held on Saturdays? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should voting in elections and referendums be held on Saturdays?

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said future Saturday votes will depend on the turnout in next week’s referendum. Do you support holding votes on Saturdays?

# childrens-rights - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Supreme Court to hear appeal over Children's Referendum using public money

The High Court today rejected the claim by Mark McCrystal that the Government is using public money to call for a Yes vote – but now the case will go to the Supreme Court.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

As it happened: Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate Referendum This post contains images

As it happened: Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate

Emotional language and arguments as Frances Fitzgerald and Fergus Finlay argued for a ‘Yes’ vote as John Waters and Kathy Sinnott argued for a ‘No’.

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