Labour MEP for Munster and former nurse, Phil Prendergast, has said that the change to the Constitution contained in the forthcoming Referendum was welcome, but that resources need to be committed to child protection services to ensure the safety of vulnerable children.
Ms Prendergast said “I am fully in favour of this constitutional change and I think it is long overdue. The protection of vulnerable children was neglected by successive governments over the past few years so I welcome this move to close the legal loopholes as a matter of priority.
“However, I worry that the Referendum could be used as a political fig leaf to cover up the absence of proper resources going into child protection. This cannot be allowed to happen.
“If we want our children to be truly protected we need to give the child welfare organisations and NGOs the resources to tackle the issue.
“There is no point having protection on paper or in law, if it is not followed up with protection on the ground,” she said.