On Tuesday 24th of January, prior to the first session of the Review of Ireland, there was a small gathering of Civil Society groups gathered in a small room in the Palais Wilson to plan how to maximise the impact of their attendance.
This was for the Review of Ireland by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and examined how well the Convention on the Rights of the Child is being implemented in Ireland and the steps which are being taken by Government to ensure that every child’s rights are protected. The submission outlined concerns and recommendations across five specific areas:
- Children as victims of Domestic violence.
- Children as victims of Human trafficking.
- Children living in the Direct Provision system.
- Right to education.
- Racism in schools.
The group shared their submissions with each other, and worked together, spontaneously collaborating around social media and messaging.
Roderic O’ Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration
and Youth led a large Irish Delegation that attended the Review.