Press Release

Minister for Children launches report on “Rights-based child law: the case for reform”

Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan TD, today launched a report on “Rights-based child law: the case for reform”

The Minister congratulated the Law Society and the Law Reform Committee in producing the report.

The Minister stated that “The Report brings a focus to areas of the law which need our consideration in light of the rapid changes in society and in our experience of the practical implications of existing legislative provisions.”

He added “The Report provides a most comprehensive and insightful picture of legislation relating to children in this jurisdiction and further afield” and stated “that it has the potential to contribute in a positive way to the needed improvements to the way in which children and young people negotiate their way through many aspects of the legal system and services related to them.”

He added that “reports such as this are important as they both critique legislative provisions and also anticipate the gaps in provision which we need to provide in the future” He concluded by saying that he was “increasingly of the view that it is the cross-cutting of ideas between legislators, policy makers, providers and practitioners which provide the best basis for good policy and sound legislation” and he congratulated the Law Society and the Law Reform Committee for the contribution the Report will bring to that process.