The Children’s Rights Alliance will launch its 2015 Report Card at an event to be held in the European Parliament Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin, at 10.45am today, Monday, 23rd February, 2015.
The Report Card grades the Government’s performance on issues affecting children against stated commitments in the Programme for Government 2011-2016. It will highlight a number of urgent areas for improvement, positive achievements, and a series of recommendations to Government.
In addition to Paul Gilligan, Chair, Children’s Rights Alliance and Tanya Ward, Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance, those speaking at the event include:
· Professor Nóirín Hayes, Visiting Professor, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin;
· Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive, Barnardos;
· Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Lecturer and Dean of School of Law and Director of Child Law Clinic, University College Cork.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said:
“The Government must uphold its international obligations and ensure children’s rights are implemented to the fullest extent, even when resources are limited. Children were, and continue to be, the real victims of the recession. In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”
The full 2015 Report Card from the Children’s Rights Alliance will be available at: www.childrensrights.ie.