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Child’s rights threatened

Not relying on memory I watched the online RTÉ tape of the RTÉ Primetime Tuesday contribution of Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on the referendum.

It is clear that she absolutely refused to accept what is, since Nov 20, 1989 the principle recognised in Article 7 of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child — that every child has a right to both [a] know, and also to be cared for by, their own parents.

1. When was this revolutionary policy of rejecting what is in Art 7 either [a] adopted by FG, or endorsed by our Dáil ?

2. Is this [a] only her own ideological outlook, or also that of her Government ?

This universal double right of every child will be the key issue for me and the only reason compelling me to (reluctantly) vote no.

Tom Carew


Dublin 6


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