The deadline for implementing the 116 000 Missing Child Hotline passed this week with little progress made in Ireland on bringing this vital service into action. The 116 000 Missing Child Hotline is reserved across the EU to report missing children and offer guidance and support to their families.
Speaking on this lack of action Liam Aylward MEP stated:
“International Missing Children’s Day was marked earlier this week and it is extremely disappointing that this number is still not operational in Ireland.”
Liam Aylward raised his concerns about the lack of implementation in Ireland and across the EU during the recent plenary session in Strasbourg and the European Commission indicated to him that if no progress is made within a reasonable timeframe they will consider presenting a legislative proposal to make sure that the 116 000 hotline is fully operational in all Member States.
“The European Commission have key role to play in the implementation of this hotline, but its is Member States that must step up and ensure that this important service becomes operational. A legislative proposal would drive the process forward but will take a significant amount of time and children’s lives could be put a risk. The government has a responsibility to act and bring this vital service into action immediately.”