Alliance welcomes appointment of Norah Gibbons as Chair of new Child and Family Agency

Published date: 
12 Apr 2013

Friday 12 April 2013: For immediate release


Alliance welcomes appointment of Norah Gibbons as Chair of new Child and Family Agency


Press Statement by

Maria Corbett, Acting Chief Executive


“The Children’s Rights Alliance warmly welcomes the appointment of Norah Gibbons as the first Chair of the board of the new Child and Family Agency. Norah has a proven track record as a champion of children’s rights, and is a former Board member of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Her work in Barnardos, on the Roscommon Child Care Inquiry and the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group has given her a unique insight into the child care system and its shortcomings to date.


The establishment of the new agency is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revolutionise the delivery of child protection, family support and other children’s services. It is a fantastic initiative but it is also hugely challenging.

To address these challenges, Norah will need a strong team of Board members to help her steer and oversee the establishment of the new agency in its critical early days. To ensure the credibility of this board and to comply with international human rights standards, an open, independent and transparent process in the appointment of the Board is vital. It is only through an open and competitive process can we be assured that we have the best qualified people on this Board. We need a strong, highly qualified and dynamic Board to deliver the full potential of this new agency and bring real change for children in Ireland.”


For further information and interview bids, please contact:
Emma McKinley, Communications and Development Manager
Tel: (01) 662 9400 / 087 7702845

Notes to Editor:

  • The Alliance held a Symposium on ‘Embedding a Children’s Rights Approach into the new Child and Family Support Agency’ on 27 February 2013 in Dublin, in conjunction with the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI GalwayInformation about the Symposium is available on
  • The ‘Child and Family Support Agency’ received a ‘B-‘ in the Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card 2013, published on 18 February. See