Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD, has called on the Minister for Children to immediately disclose the timeframe for the publication of key childcare legislation that has been promised for the last two and half years.
Deputy Troy commented: “We are led to believe that the Prime Time Investigates programme tomorrow night shows shocking evidence of the mistreatment of children as young as one years of age in three different creches.
“It highlights the drastic need for the publication of two key pieces of promised legislation. The Children First legislation and the Child and Family Support Agency. I have been pursuing Minister Fitzgerald to publish this legislation for over 12 months and the silence from the Minister has been deafening.
“The absence of this promised and vital legislation means there is a vacuum there in terms of the state’s protection of children, events of the past week emphasise the urgency for this legislation. How can we hope to properly regulate the area of childcare if the legislative framework and the necessary agencies are not in place?
“Minister Fitzgerald needs to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and ensure a prompt response from the Government on this. The protection of our children through this legislation should not delayed any further.”