Friday 21 July 2017

From 1916 to 2016, children are always the first casualties

'Yes, children need protection, but in order to thrive, they also need stability'. Stock image: Getty
'Yes, children need protection, but in order to thrive, they also need stability'. Stock image: Getty

Ellen O’Malley Dunlop

In 1916, Ireland had the highest child mortality rate in Europe. Today, children's rights are protected under our Constitution, but we need to talk about homelessness and mental health.

The current housing and homelessness crisis facing families is very concerning for lots of reasons, but for children caught in these unacceptable circumstances, its negative consequences are far-reaching.

I wonder what Dr Kathleen Lynn, who was such a champion for mothers and children after the 1916 Rising, would think if she knew that in 21st-century Ireland there are 1,054 children homeless.

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