Child welfare issues cannot be ignored on polling day
THE issue of child protection and welfare has been glaringly absent throughout the 2011 General Election campaign. The ISPCC insists that parties and candidates be clear about their strategy for government with particular regard to children.
As the Irish people go the polls this week to elect a new government, the ISPCC has published definitive and clear commitments received from all parties regarding their plans for child protection and welfare. Each party leader and children's spokesperson was pressed by the ISPCC to cast their party's vote accordingly; to respond with a plain Yes or No to six key points.
Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the Green Party have all responded categorically that, if elected to government, within their first year of office they will action the following proposed fundamental developments in child protection: