Friday 19 January 2018

Bruce Arnold: As a nation we are serial abusers of children and we need to tackle this constitutional failure

Has the Government been stupid in announcing a referendum on children's rights? Those rights have as much to do with the report on child deaths in care as the laws of Moses have to do with modern Ireland.

In vast and horrifying coverage of the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group 2000-2010, I read only one concise and sensible paragraph on the children's referendum.

This was in Thursday's Irish Independent in the column by Legal Affairs Editor Dearbhail McDonald, who said: "The constitutional supremacy of the family based on marriage has spawned a disproportionate legal deference to parents that must be addressed in the forthcoming referendum on children's rights."

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