International Spotlight on Ireland’s Treatment of Children

International Spotlight on Ireland’s Treatment of Children. Are We There Yet?

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child met with the Irish Government on its children’s rights record. On 4 February 2016, the Committee issued its findings and roadmap for reform for children. You can view the Committee’s findings here.

The Children’s Rights Alliance working with its members played a pivotal role in shaping the discussion between the Committee and the Irish Government. We submitted a report – Are we there yet? - to the Committee in 2015 and briefed them in a confidential session. With the support of the Alliance and Unicef Ireland, the children of Ireland also played an important role. They submitted their report – Picture Your Rights - and made their own presentation to the Committee. The Committee’s findings are wide ranging, spanning from health, education, play, to youth justice, suicide and the voting age.

Watch the RTE Six-One News coverage of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child review of Ireland in Geneva. The Committee met with representatives of the Irish Government (including Dr James Reilly, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) for the first time in a decade. Reporter Joe Little also interviews teenagers who were watching the review process from Ireland. Listen to these young people talk about poverty and their experiences of the direct provision system.

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Key Documents

  • ‘Are We There Yet?’, Children’s Rights Alliance Parallel Report to the UN is here.
  • ‘Picture Your Rights’, a report by young people on their rights in Ireland is here.
  • Children’s Rights Alliance ‘Submission to the UN on the Replies of Ireland to the List of Issues’ is here.