Podcast: Deputy Alan Shatter, Member of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children

Published date: 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Deputy Shatter describes the ‘absolute need’ to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution, pointing to the publication of ‘far too many reports’ that clearly demonstrate that children are being Alan Shatter TD, Fine Gael Frontbench Spokesperson on Children, says Irish adoption laws are ‘decades behind’ those of other countries when over 2,000 children in long-term foster care stand no chance of adoption, owing to provisions under the outdated Irish Constitution. Deputy Shatter describes the ‘absolute need’ to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution, pointing to the publication of ‘far too many reports’ that clearly demonstrate that children are being left far too long in families where they endure physical or sexual abuse.  He calls on Government to issue a date for a referendum on children’s rights that, he describes, is ‘vitally important’.