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 Seanad can be a positive platform for assessing the impacts on children, families and communities of both legal and policy changes, and my legal background has equipped me for both scrutinising and framing such legislation.
My priorities for the Seanad:
You can read my full manifesto below, but the main areas I want to tackle as a Senator include:
- Further reform of the Family & Child Law system
- Better Child Protection
- Investment in Child & Youth Mental Health Services
- Equality for Children with Disabilities
- The elimination of Child Poverty and Homelessness
- Domestic violence law and services
- 8th Amendment repeal
- Access to Justice
- Review of Legal Aid Board
My track record:
My track record includes my vast experience in Family and Child Law, Court systems and structure, including a ground-breaking case last year which created new civil law in long-term child sexual abuse cases. I have both professional & personal experience in the area of Childhood Disability & Youth Mental Health. I’m the Founder & a Director of the Guardian Children’s Project, a volunteer charity supporting children affected by bereavement & parental separation. I’ve been involved in The Campaign for Children 2012, the recent Child Law Audit by the Children’s Rights Alliance, and the UN review of Ireland’s performance by the Committee on the Rights of The Child. I’m also a regular contributor to national & media commentary and debates on Family & Child Law.
If you support me and the policies and platforms on which I am running for the Seanad, then I’d love your support for my campaign. You can help me in all or any of the following ways:
- Pledge me your No 1 Vote….and ask your friends & colleagues to do the same
- Share this blog on your social media
- Copy and Share my manifesto
- Follow me on Twitter and Like my Facebook Page (see addresses below)
- Sharing, Liking and Retweeting my posts on social media
- Posting your own messages of support