Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Discussion

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

It is enlightening to hear it. I think it is a game-changer or a step-changer. We saw the event that was held in the Dáil last week on the initiative of the Ceann Comhairle. Dr. Muldoon's office is doing similar work. Young people need to feel that their voices are being heard. It is fantastic that the event is being live-streamed into schools around the country. I compliment Dr. Muldoon and his colleagues on giving children a voice, acting as a conduit or safe space and commissioning their reports. I love when the reports come out every year. I could not believe the report on school bus transport. I am going back to this report because it was a big issue at the time. The work of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children is hugely appreciated.

I would like to pick up on a positive aspect of Dr. Muldoon's report. He mentioned the young people who have spent a great deal of time preparing reports in advance of today's event. I compliment Dr. Muldoon on his preparation of his positive and focused report. The theme this morning is one of collaboration between all the various agencies. I ask Dr. Muldoon to explain the positives of the Barnahus, Onehouse Galway pilot project. Where does he envisage that this could go? What are its benefits for young people, entire families and the wider community? Where does Dr. Muldoon see this going? I know it is a pilot. What are the problems with it?


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