PRESS STATEMENT: ALLIANCE WELCOMES INVITATION TO JOIN RYAN REPORT OVERSIGHT GROUP

Published date: 
19 May 2011

20 May 2011

**PRESS STATEMENT**

ALLIANCE WELCOMES INVITATION TO JOIN RYAN REPORT OVERSIGHT GROUP

“The Children’s Rights Alliance warmly welcomes today’s invitation from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, to join the Oversight Group on the Implementation of the Ryan Report.  The Children’s Rights Alliance is pleased to accept this invitation; it reflects our consistent call for the membership of the Group, established in 2009, to be broadened from solely statutory officials to include a non-governmental or independent voice. 

The Minister’s decision to widen the Group’s membership to ‘include the voices of children and civic society’ is a significant step in securing transparency and scrutiny, which must be at the heart of any monitoring process. 

Following publication of the truly harrowing Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ryan Report) two years ago today, Ireland vowed that it would never let this happen again – that childhood would be protected.  The Ryan Report Implementation Plan is Government’s and society’s response to the Ryan Report.  As a member of the Oversight Group, the Alliance will strive to ensure that the 99 actions contained in the Implementation Plan are kept alive so that Ireland delivers on its promises to children in a full and timely manner. 

The Alliance will work closely with our member organisations and others to bring the voices of non-government organisations and children to this forum.  Furthermore, we will work to ensure that the commitments of the Implementation Plan are reflected in the next National Children’s Strategy, currently being developed.

The Alliance was disappointed by the Oversight Group’s First Progress Report, published in 2010, and we hope that, through our membership of the Group, the next report will be a comprehensive, transparent and accountable report of progress.”

Maria Corbett
Policy Director

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