Today on #WorldChildrensDay I am also thinking about the children in impoverished conditions in #Palestine. Since 2000, over 1,800 children have been killed across the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
.@DCIsecretariat (international NGO) report that each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.
Large numbers of children across Palestine face major difficulties in accessing education as a direct result of Israeli occupation policies. #Education is a basic right and a necessity to build a better society, but remains elusive for many Palestinian children.
THREAD 1/15. I think it is important to be clear about what the Mother and Baby Home's Bill does and does not do. The Bill does not seal the archive of the Mother and Baby Home Commission.
2/15. Is this Bill perfect? Absolutely not but it is needed so that information would not be sealed. Should there have been more engagement with survivors? Yes and I will be bringing this to my colleague @rodericogorman's attention and asking that he engages with survivor groups.
3/15. Survivor group's need to feel clear about what their rights are as a result of this Bill.
Today we announced the first budget of this government in highly trying times for us all. The participation of the @greenparty_ie in government can be seen in what was delivered today, a budget that put the vulnerable first and one that prepares for a green recovery #Budget2021
Today's budget include the following measures.
- PUP extended to April 1st
- Pension age to stay at 66
- Increasing carers support grant by €150 euros
- Extending parents benefit by further three weeks
- Christmas Bonus to be paid to people on PUP
- €5.2bn for Dept of Housing a €773m increase.
- 12,750 new homes to be added to social housing stock
- €110m for Affordable Housing and cost rental schemes.
- €78m for an additional 15,000 households under HAP
- 30% Increase in funding for homelessness services
Thread-Had a long think today about the news that there will be the abolition of the Dept of Children & decided it's only right to write this. For a long time Child protection was the poor relation in the department of health, never getting the attention or resources it needed /1
/2 Two things that have driven change were the creation of Tusla as a stand alone agency & the creation of the Department of Children. The dept is seen by some as just the dept of childcare, but it's not that. Early years education & care is important (just ask any one working
/3 from home with kids during lockdown). Viewing the dept as just childcare is reductive & misses a lot of the work it does. Half of the dept’s budget covers the varied work of Tusla, covering child protection, domestic violence services, family support, family resource centres.