Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: All children have a right to education
Is it possible that the Irish government is knowingly breaking the law?
Collectively the Irish government is breaking the law. The law that says every child must be provided with an education that meets their needs.When the lawmakers, become lawbreakers, we are close to collapse.
Nobody in government will agree or dream of speaking negatively about their own cabinet, but children with autism are presently being denied their lawful rights, while parents are tearing their hair out trying to find a place for their own children’s rights.
Most schools have no place for children with autism. Many privately make no secret of the fact that they cannot afford the facilities necessary, because the government isn’t listening. The question remains, when will the government begin upholding the law, which they, the government are bound to obey by every statute that exists?
It’s a serious allegation to make, but I make it without reservation. How long will we continue to allow our government break the law?Under the conditions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Ireland committed to promote children's rights when it signed up to the Convention.
“Non-discrimination means that all children have the same right to develop their potential in all situations and at all times.”
This was signed into law in 1992