It could be argued that the potential for improving the
situation of children in Ireland has never been better. A
number of factors combine to make this the case. These
include the government's commitment to resource the full
implementation of the 1991 Child Care Act, the introduction
of the Health Strategy and the ratification of the UN
Convention on Children's Rights. While the more cynical
observers point out that such factors are no more than
“paper realities’ the more optimistic among us view these
as representing very real opportunities to improve the lot of
children and families in this country.
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