Hanafin Launches National Children´s Advisory Council
Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Children, this afternoon (Tuesday, May 15, 2001) addressed the new National Children´s Advisory Council at its launch in Dublin´s Shelbourne Hotel. The Council is being set up as part of the implementation of the National Children´s Strategy, which was published by the Government before Christmas.
The Advisory Council will advise Minister Hanafin on children’s issues and will undertake extensive research in this area. It is expected to be a major influence on children’s policy and services over the 10-year life-span of the National Children’s Strategy.
Children´s organisations, parents and children themselves are all represented on the Council (See full list of members below).
“Today´s inaugural meeting of the National Children´s Advisory Council is the first time that so many experts from diverse fields have come together to focus exclusively on children’s needs,” said Minister Hanafin today.
“One of the key goals set out in the Government´s National Children´s Strategy is to give children a voice. Prior to the publication of the Strategy last year, we consulted closely with thousands of children around the country about how the Government could improve the lives of young people. And, more recently, three teenagers have been appointed to sit on the Advisory Council; I have no doubt that their contributions, ideas and suggestions in relation to children will be extremely useful to other Council members and to the Government. This is, in many ways, a strategy for young people, by young people,” the Minister added.
Note: The three teenagers appointed by Minister Hanafin to the Council are:
» Miss Jean Kelly (aged 13) from Glenageary, Co Dublin;
» Mr David Cawley (aged 16) from Leitrim;
» Ms Leonie O´Connell (aged 16), from Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
The functions of the National Children´s Advisory Council include:
- Advising the Minister on all aspects of children’s lives;
- Advising the Minister on the better co-ordination and delivery of services to children;
- Contributing to monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy at national and local level;
- Undertaking and advising on research;
- Advising on training in relation to the Strategy;
- Advising on the development of mechanisms to consult with children.
Membership of National Children´s Advisory Council
|Chairperson||Mr. Peter O’Brien|
|Statutory||Mr. John Collins||National Children´s Office|
|Ms. Catherine Hazlett||Family Affairs Unit, Dept. of Social Community & Family Affairs|
|Mr. John Fanning||Dept. of Education & Science|
|Mr. Ger Deering||City/County Development Boards|
|Ms. Mary Lee-Stapleton||National Co-Ordination Childcare Committee|
|Ms. Breeda Long||Health Boards|
|Mr John Tracey||Irish Sports Council|
|Ms. Helen O´Donoghue||The Arts Council|
|Voluntary||Mr. Diarmuid Kearney||National Youth Council of Ireland|
|Mr. Edward Colfer||National Parents Council – Post Primary|
|Ms. Finnuala Kilfeather||National Paretns Council – Primary|
|Sr. Teresa McCormack||Conference of Religious of Ireland|
|Ms. Margaret Webb||Sugradh|
|Mr. Eoin Keenan (temp)||Barnardos|
|Mr. Paul Gilligan||Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children|
|Ms. Catherine Lynch||National Consultative Committee on Rascism & Interculturalism|
|Mr. Maurice O´Kane||People with Disability in Ireland Ltd.|
|Mr. Ray Dooley||Children’s Rights Alliance|
|Ms. Colette Murray||Pavee Point|
|Mr. Mamar Merzouk||Focus Ireland|
|Research/Training||Ms. Noirín Hayes||Centre for Scoial & Economic Research, DIT Rathmines|
|Prof. Robbie Gilligan||Children´s Research Centre, Trinity College|
|a.n. other||to reflect training/development issues|
|Children||Mr. David Cawley||Age 17|
|Ms. Jeannie Kelly||Age 13|
|Ms. Leonie O´Connell||Age 16|
|Independent Nominees||Ms. Patricia Quinn||Teacher|
|Ms. Averil Power||Incoming President, Trinity Students Union|
|Mr. George Maybury||Association of Garda Sergeants of Ireland|