7 May 2019, 10.40

The Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2pm in Committee Room 3, Leinster House to discuss the findings of two very important reports.  

The meeting in two sessions, with representatives of the Children’s Rights Alliance and Women's Aid, will discuss the Women’s Aid Impact Report for 2018 and the Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card 2019.

Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. For its part, the Children’s Rights Alliance, founded in 1995, unites over 100 members working together to try to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.

In advance of the meeting, the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Deputy Alan Farrell said: “Women’s Aid works to make women and children safe from domestic violence, and the support provided to women affected by abuse is invaluable. Over the course of 40 years, the organisation has built up a huge body of experience and expertise on this issue, and we look forward to the representatives sharing their knowledge and experience of responding to women experiencing domestic violence.  

“The Women’s Aid Impact Report for 2018 is a powerful and moving illustration of the very real and harmful impacts of domestic abuse on women and children, and its content deserves further discussion.”

Deputy Farrell concluded: “Similarly, the Children’s Rights Alliance has improved the lives of children across Ireland by making sure that their rights are respected and protected in our laws, policies and services. The eleventh Report Card must be analysed thoroughly as we, as a State, have a responsibility to protect all of our children in every manner possible.”

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