Children's Rights

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The Irish government has been urged to heed a new UN report identifying the climate crisis as "an urgent and systemic threat to children's rights globally". The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child yesterday launched its general comment on children's rights and the environment, which considers th

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Ireland should raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years old and ensure that the detention of children is used only as a "last resort", the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has said. The general age of criminal responsibility in Ireland is 12 years, but there is al

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Children cannot be compelled to visit their grandparents if they do not want to following a ruling of Italy's Supreme Court. A lengthy legal battle has culminated in a judgment from the court stating that grandchildren were not obliged to have a relationship “they do not enjoy, and do not want

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Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC has been appointed as the Irish government's special rapporteur on child protection for a three-year term. Ms Gallagher is an accomplished international human rights lawyer and barrister, originally from Dublin and based in Doughty Street Chambers in London.

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Irish law must be urgently changed to ensure that defendants who turn 18 while awaiting trial continue to be dealt with through the child justice system, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been told. Molly Joyce, acting executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT),

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The rights of children in Northern Ireland have regressed, according to three reports produced by the Children's Law Centre and submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The reports, produced in consultation with a wide range of NGOs and over 1,000 children, highlight significant gap

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A law banning physical punishment of children comes into effect in Wales today, just over a year after a similar ban was introduced in Scotland. Parents, or those responsible for a child, may face criminal charges if they physically discipline a young person in any way. They could face a prison sent

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It should be mandatory for children detained by gardaí to receive legal advice from specialist solicitors, a landmark study commissioned by the Policing Authority has suggested. A first-of-its-kind study into children's experiences of their rights during police questioning in Ireland has been

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Children's Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon has been reappointed for a further six-year term. The statutory ombudsman promotes the rights and welfare of children; examines and investigates complaints about services provided to children and young people; and provides advice regarding children's rights and

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Courts considering medical treatment for a child must balance and protect their constitutional rights as a child, with due regard to the rights of their parents, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has reaffirmed. The human rights watchdog has published its legal submissions to the Suprem

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Family law issues have remained the dominant theme of calls to the Children's Rights Alliance helpline in its second year, revealing a "serious gap" in the family law system. The organisation established the helpline and free legal advice clinics in 2018 to ensure that all children have access to fr

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It would be "a tragedy" if proposals to scrap the Department of Children and Young People (DCYA) go ahead, former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said. The accomplished Belfast-born barrister and judge, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2006, told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that s

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