Children's Rights Alliance Welcomes New Changes to the International Protection Bill 2015

Published date: 
10 Dec 2015

Children's Rights Alliance Welcomes New Changes to the International Protection Bill 2015

 
The Children’s Rights Alliance has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD that she will be tabling amendments to strengthen the International Protection Bill 2015, as announced in the Dáil today.
 
The Minister has confirmed that she will be tabling amendments to place the best interests of the child at the heart of the Bill, as prompted by the “helpful engagement” of the Children’s Rights Alliance and Senator Jillian van Turnhout. The Minister also referred to the Government amendment, passed by Seanad Éireann that will require Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to consider legal advice when assessing if a child in their care should apply for asylum. 
 
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, says: “The amendments announced today are very important and will pave the way for a child-friendly international protection system. We have been critical of the Bill’s failure to properly reflect and uphold children’s rights. We heartily commend the Minister and her officials for making these critical changes. 
 
We eagerly await the next iteration of the Bill to fully consider the promised amendments from a children’s rights perspective.
 
The winners here are the children who will benefit hugely from legislation that will now be more child-centred.”
 
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For further information, please contact: 
Emma McKinley, Communications & Development Manager 
Tel: 01 662 9400 / 087 655 9067 or email emma@childrensrights.ie
 
Note for Editors
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive is available for interview. 
Tanya was a member of the Working Group to Report to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process.
The Children’s Rights Alliance initial submission on the International Protection Bill 2015 is here  
The Working Group Report to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process can be found on the Department of Justice Website http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Working_Group_on_Improvements_to_the_Protection_Process
A summary of the child/youth related content from the Working Group’s report is available here.