Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Gerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
On the issue of the children’s referendum, the Taoiseach and the Minister may have noted that the report of the Children’s Rights Alliance on the Government’s performance in child related areas condemned the Government’s failure to address child poverty and the impact the 2012 budget is having on young people and children. It also criticised the treatment of children detained in St. Patrick’s Institution. These criticisms highlight the need for the Government to bring forward the children’s rights referendum Bill as soon as possible.