Someone please explain to me why each and every child in this country means so little to this government? Brian Cowen stated in the Oireachtas yesterday "that the promised referendum on children's rights will be delayed for some time."
Children's rights referendum delayed - RT News
In 2006, we, the people of this country were promised this referendum, 4 years ago!!! In 2007 they published "the Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill."
Constitutional Referendum on Children's Rights - Office of the Minister for Children - Department of Health and Children - Ireland
Then they formed a Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children. However the Departments of Education and Justice have objected to some of the wording put forward by the Joint Committee as they believe the wording of the proposed referendum would 'cost them money' .......
All-party pact over children's referendum scrapped - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie
Yes I realise what an abismal state we are in financially at the moment, however I happen to think our children (and particularly their protection) should be placed first in importance. We need to give them a voice. I also realise that it will not solve every childhood issue and problem but for those it may solve it needs to be done. It is a disgrace to our country that this has been 'in the pipeline' for 4 years and has once again been delayed.
I hope that those of you out there who are interested in this issue will make it clear to each and every one of your local representatives that you in no way find this acceptable behaviour on the part of adults who are supposed to protect the most vunerable in our society.
Finally how can the government justify delaying once more something so important?