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DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Dr. Katherine Zappone)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 09/06/2016
To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the desirability of her Department assuming responsibility for young adults in the judicial system, responsibility which currently rests with the Department of Justice and Equality; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors
Survivors urge ‘Sampling’ to Inquiry to include all Survivors
with minimal outlay in time and money
Tomorrow the umbrella group CMABS will hold a dignified protest at the Dail on Wednesday the 6th of April from 2.00pm to 3.30 to highlight the aging profile of an elderly community of survivors of Ireland’s notorious Mother and Baby homes and the lack of concrete action by the Government.
Survivors are also protesting the ongoing exclusion of some survivors of forced adoption from the present Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby homes by virtue of being born outside of a Mother and Baby home and have already suggested ‘Sampling’ to the Commission of Inquiry as a simple, extremely cost effective method of including all Survivors by just including a Sample of other institutions exactly as the Inquiry are already handling the inclusion of all the County Homes – by only “sampling” a couple of them. As little as four to eight similar ‘Samples’ of various institutions, representing all institutions, as well as a small number of personal testimonies regarding Home Births would be all that is required to include ALL Survivors at a minimal cost both in terms of time and money.
Clare asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he has plans to ensure that affordable childcare is available to all families. With the average cost of a childcare place costing €1,000 a month for one child, the lack of State action on this area is putting huge strain on families. Unfortunately, going by his response, Fine Gael and Labour won’t be introducing truly affordable childcare for families any time soon.
Minister Reilly tackles the outstanding issues in relation to the new Adoption Information and Tracing Bill, in terms of concerns over the one year lead in time and pledges to actively consider how best this could be shortened… Meanwhile the importance of the Childcare Reporting Project has been revealed this week with the publication of its last report revealing important trends in Family Court hearings. This is a vital service which should be extended…
To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in view of the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project his views on the need to extend this worthwhile project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Clare Daly T.D.