State's Yes agenda geared to rid children of real rights - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 07, 2012
Why does the Government fight tooth-and-nail to avoid contributing to the education of children who have special needs? Many ministers are themselves parents. Have they no conscience?When the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Bill was released in 2003, our suspicions were confirmed.
In the proposed law, the State was not going to commit itself to giving children the constitutional rights that they had established beyond a doubt in the courts. Rather, government was blatantly seeking to substitute these real rights for “rights” they could manipulate and control.
In the Bill, the State took on the role of the parent. It alone would decide what a child needed through experts on its payroll and then decide whether or not the child would get the services called for in their assessment.
The "children's rights" amendment would delete Article 42.5 and would contain the phrase "as far as practicable". That means that the Government is disregarding children who have special needs.