• News

ISPCC Mayo call on election candidates to Invest In Childhood

Tuesday, 9th February, 2016 4:09pm
Jump to comments
ISPCC Mayo call on election candidates to Invest In Childhood

Pictured (from left) are Grainia Long, CEO, ISPCC, election candidates Tom Moran, Margaret Sheehan, Rose Conway Walsh, Michelle Mulherin and Michael Farrington and Aoife Griffin, ISPCC.

ISPCC Mayo call on election candidates to Invest In Childhood

Pictured (from left) are Grainia Long, CEO, ISPCC, election candidates Tom Moran, Margaret Sheehan, Rose Conway Walsh, Michelle Mulherin and Michael Farrington and Aoife Griffin, ISPCC.

THE Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) Mayo branch called on all election 2016 candidates to make and keep promises to children at their special election event in Castlebar.

ISPCC Mayo hosted the third in a series of regional election events taking place around the country as part of their #InvestInChildhood election campaign.

The child protection charity set out five promises to children, to which all election candidates should commit:

Publish a national strategy on children’s cyber safety within 100 days

Fully resource protection, welfare and mental health of our children

Ensure the right to an adequate standard of living for all children

Ensure a nationally available drug and alcohol rehabilitation network for all young people in need.

Put the best interests of children at the heart of all new laws and fully implement resource and evaluate same.

Five candidates from the constituency were represented, included sitting TD Michelle Mulherin of Fine Gael. Also in attendance was Tom Moran of People Before Profit, Margaret Sheehan of the Green Party, Councillor Rose Conway-Walsh representing Sinn Féin and Michael Farrington of Renua. Also present were stakeholders, members of the public and volunteers from the ISPCC.

Aoife Griffin, ISPCC's west services manager, spoke about the services provided by the ISPCC in Mayo and how this frontline work has influenced the asks set out in the campaign.

Four of the candidates signed the election pledge - Tom Moran, Rose Conway-Walsh, Margaret Sheehan and Michael Farrington.

Said Grainia Long, chief executive of the ISPCC: “The next government has a once in a generation opportunity to address child protection and welfare both online and in everyday life; to prevent child homelessness and promote the right to an adequate standard of living; appropriate rehabilitation; and most importantly put the best interests of children at the heart of everything that we do.

We are calling on candidates to make their promise to Invest in Childhood”

The ISPCC Invest in Childhood campaign will be holding a number of local events in the coming weeks to give voters the opportunity to learn about their candidates’ commitment to investing in childhood. They are urging the general public to contact their local candidates regarding these issues and to tweet using #InvestInChildhood.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from around the county with a Connaught Telegraph epaper subscription from €2*

Post a Comment

Group Publications

Cookies on Connaught Telegraph website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Connaught Telegraph website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Connaught Telegraph use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message