THE decision by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to exclude cheese from a list of items which cannot be broadcasted in advertisements likely to be seen by children before 9pm, marks a victory for common sense.
Deputy Martin commented: “Information provided to me today reveals that the waiting times for children under 5 seeking occupational therapy services in Cork is 9 months. I find it absolutely appalling that these children have to wait that amount of time just to have an initial assessment.
Senator Deirdre Clune is calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly to ban sunbed use for all under the age of 18. This is a national issue which has been highlighted recently by the Irish Cancer Society. This month the organisation set up an undercover operation where a seventeen year old girl visited seven tanning salons to inquire about sun bed use.
FINE Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has welcomed the publication of a number of legislative measures designed to protect our children and to ensure that offences against them are reported. Deputy Clune was speaking following a presentation she gave on child welfare issues to the Council of Europe Committee on Social and Family Affairs, of which she is a member.
“The publication today of the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012 by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, and the Heads of the Children First Bill by the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, will ensure that information relating to crimes against children are reported to An Garda Síochána and that the organisations that are charged with caring for our children in our absence are fit to do so.
SPEAKING on the International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse today Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, called on Irish citizens to make themselves more aware of the signs associated with child abuse.
Senator Clune made this call upon returning from a meeting of the European Council Committee of Social and Family Affairs, of which she is a member.
The Committee met in Florence, Italy this week to discuss the prevention of child sexual abuse throughout Europe.
LABOUR TD, Ciarán Lynch today called for fairer and more equal access to treatment for children suffering with diabetes.
While welcoming the news that Cork University Hospital has appointed a new diabetes consultant, Deputy Lynch argues that more must be done to provide Cork children with access to comprehensive diabetes care.
“While I welcome the consultant’s appointment, Cork University Hospital will need more nursing and dietetic support to provide comprehensive care to the 300 young adults and children suffering from diabetes in Cork.
“Today’s revelation in the Irish Examiner that 120 children were admitted to adult psychiatric wards in the first nine months of this year, is deeply disturbing. The Labour Party has been highlighting this issue for some years now, but it seems that progress in getting to grips with this problem is at best, painfully slow.