“Set Date for Children’s Rights Referendum” on National Children’s Day

Published date: 
27 Sep 2011

Wednesday 28 September 2011: For immediate release

Press Release 

On National Children’s Day – the anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 28 September 1992 – the Children’s Rights Alliance is repeating its call to Government to set a date to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution.  Currently, Government is reviewing the wording of a new constitutional amendment and has promised a referendum next year on this important issue; the Alliance urges Government that this timeline be kept.  While visiting the award-winning Nurture Childcare Civil Service Crèche on Lower Mount Street, Dublin, Senator Jillian van Turnhout took the opportunity to inform parents about the need for constitutional reform and to read a story to the young children about their right to play.

Senator Jillian van Turnhout, outgoing Alliance Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to come here today to read to this group of young children about their right to play and celebrate the 19th anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  National Children’s Day is a perfect opportunity to remind our Government that constitutional reform remains a priority for us and that we expect action to ensure a referendum be held at the earliest opportunity.  Let us not delay any further.  We have waited long enough, and it is now time that these young children reap the benefits of a strong Constitution, which works towards their best interests.  Our children deserve to live in a country that is one of the best places in the world to be a child.  We believe constitutional reform on children’s rights will be a significant step towards achieving this ideal.”
Lindsy Friendship, Acting Crèche Manager of Nurture Childcare Crèche, said: “Today is National Children’s Day and it is never too early for children to learn about their rights.  We are spending today learning about the right to play, and Senator Jillian van Turnhout will be reading a lovely story to highlight this very important aspect of a child’s development.  The UN Convention is of vital importance in mapping out a child’s quality of life, and we should celebrate its impact on children’s lives in Ireland to date and work together towards a brighter future for all our children.  Happy National Children’s Day!”
For more information:
Carys Thomas, Communications Director
Tel: 087 7702845 / (01) 6629400
Notes to Editor:
1.A photo opportunity will take place at 10am on Wednesday 28 September at Nurture Childcare Crèche on Lower Mount Street, Dublin; photographs will be taken by Daragh McDonagh.
2.Learn more about the need for constitutional reform here: http://bit.ly/oDnWUl
3.Learn more about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ireland http://www.childrensrights.ie/childrens-rights-ireland/ireland-and-un-convention
4.The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified UN treaty; only Somalia and the USA have failed to ratify it.

Children's Rights Alliance