Another rushed solution. Is this wise?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) welcomes the new legislation to close the loophole in the child protection law. However it is wary of the once again ‘rushed nature’ of the emergency legislation.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “Recently we were presented with wording to change the Constitution and to offer a zone of strict liability for the protection of our children against the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of sexual offences. This wording came about after a Joint All Party Committee presented a well thought out report and 62 recommendations to ensure enhanced levels of protection to our children. And yet rather than hold a referendum, all political parties called for ‘more time to debate the issues’. While we support debate, our worry at the DRCC is that, with the impending election, the whole issue will be left off the agenda. In the mean time, as demonstrated by this recent crisis, our children are left vulnerable.

Is there any real political will in relation to children’s rights and child protection or does change only come about when a crisis arises?

For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO – 01 661 4911 / 086 809 9618

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