Office of the Minister for Children annual report 2006.
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|dc.identifier.citation||Office of the Minister for Children. 2007. Office of the Minister for Children annual report 2006. Dublin: Office of the Minister for Children.||en|
|dc.description||As Minister for Children, I am delighted to contribute to the first Annual Report of the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC). In December 2005, the Government took the innovative and historic decision to establish the OMC under my direction as part of the Department of Health and Children. The Taoiseach announced that I would have additional responsibilities and attend Cabinet meetings. The establishment of the OMC is evidence of the commitment of the Government to the interests of children. It is also a new and exciting experiment in bringing together civil servants from a number of Government departments to provide a joined-up government approach in the development of policies and services for children. During 2006, I worked wrth the Director General and staff of the OMC on many important developments aimed at improving the lives of children and young people and ensuring that their voices are heard. My attendance at Cabinet has allowed me to ensure that issues affecting children are taken into account across all areas of Government. In September 2006, I led the Irish delegation at a hearing by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on Ireland's Second Report under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which had been prepared by my Office. In its concluding observations, the UN Committee commented on the comprehensive nature of Ireland's report and welcomed the appointment of an Ombudsman for Children, the establishment of the Office of the Minister for Children and the adoption of the National Children's Strategy. The UN Committee also recommended areas where improvements could be made. At that hearing, I told the Committee I would carry out an article-by article examination of the Irish Constitution and how it impacts on children. Brian Lenihan TD. Minister for Children.||en|
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|dc.title||Office of the Minister for Children annual report 2006.||en|