Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy has responded to the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights today brought by Louise O’Keeffe.
Deputy Troy commented: “Today’s judgement is a landmark one and the Government must study the judgement in full. I commend Ms. O’Keeffe for the courage she has shown throughout this process. This has clearly been a heartbreaking journey for her and I hope today’s decision finally helps to bring her some closure.
“Fianna Fáil supports a review of all legislation on order to protect children and ensure there is no divide between public and private institutions when it comes to the protection of children.
“The public need reassurance that even where children are in non-State schools that there are preventative mechanisms in place to ensure children are safe. Today’s judgement raises issues which will cross various departments from Education to Justice and Children. I am urging Minister Fitzgerald to work closely with Ministers Quinn and Shatter to take whatever action is necessary.
“I believe there should be an all-party approach to any changes to legislation that are identified as a result of this important judgement.”