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Law Society backing for Seanad 2016

Huge thanks to the Law Society for two features in the Law Society Gazette about my candidacy for Seanad Eireann 2016. I have been delighted to receive the formal backing of the Law Society for the Seanad election – they nominated me as their selected candidate for the Cultural and Educational Panel. The Law Society Gazette features  cover:  – life as a barrister and a solicitor– the foil that spurred social conscience– human based needs …Read More

My Manifesto for Seanad Eireann 2016, NUI Panel

I’m delighted to announce that I’m running as an Independent candidate for Seanad Eireann 2016, and that I’ve been nominated to run for election to the NUI Panel.  I intend to use both my election campaign and – if elected – my Seanad seat as a platform to promote the changes needed in Government policy and the law to enhance and protect children’s rights and the rights of families. The …Read More

Great response to first event marking National Children’s Grief Awareness Day

#childrengrievetoo #childhoodbereavement All of us at The Guardian Project in Arklow were delighted with the response to our weekend event, marking Ireland’s first National Children’s Grief Awareness Day.  I’m a founder and director of the project, and we hosted an information morning for parents, family, teachers, coaches, and all those involved in the care of young people in the community. The Guardian Project provides a safe and caring space for children affected …Read More

Ireland’s first Childhood Bereavement Awareness Day – Fri 20th Nov 2015

It can be hard to help children cope with bereavement or loss – even those closest to them can struggle to support them through such a difficult process.  That’s one of the main reasons why I founded Arklow children’s charity, The Guardian Project, with the assistance of co-founders Michelle Gaffney and Johanne Kenny, in 2010. The charity is hosting a special event to mark Irelands first ever National Bereaved Children’s …Read More

Child Contact Centres – a safe place for children to meet parents they do not live with

Although well-established in many other countries Child Contact Centres are relatively new to Ireland. As a result, many people know little about the vitally important role they can play for Irish children. What is a Child Contact Centre? A Child Contact centre has several roles and caters for children who don’t live with both their parents: It is a centre which provides a neutral and safe venue for the children …Read More

Children’s referendum should not be tied to Fiscal Treaty vote

I am adding my voice to the call for the Children’s Rights Referendum to go ahead in October, whatever the outcome of the vote on the Fiscal Treaty this week. The call was made by the Children’s Rights Alliance at their AGM in Dublin, who said they were making it in response to rumours that there will be no Children’s Referendum if the Fiscal Treaty fails to be approved. I …Read More

My top charity appeals this Christmas

Christmas can be such a special season, and most of us look forward to taking a real break from work and enjoying lots of time with our family. But it is important to remember that Christmas can also be a particularly difficult time of year for many people, and we can help out by supporting those who work on their behalf.   ISPCC’s Childline is expecting over a thousand calls …Read More

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention should look at the way our children are developing and acquiring those basic skills that arrive in the first few years of life – Physical Skills Cognitive Skills Communication Skills Emotional Development Social Interaction Early Intervention Services can include one or more of the following :- Equipment or the provision of technical supports Audiology Occupational therapy Speech & Language Therapy Physical Therapy Home Support Medical Support – nursing, …Read More

What happens to my children when my marriage breaks up? 5 key questions answered….

On a human level, what happens to your children is the most emotive element of any break-up and most parents agree that children should always be the number one priority. Their benefit and welfare should come first before deciding any matter, but let’s take a look at what’s involved in this: …. 1. What are the main issues to be decided? From a legal perspective, the main issues to be …Read More