|Posted on October 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM|
The following Questions were sent to the 7 presidential candidates. Any replies received will be posted here:
1) Would you sign into law any legislation that follows the recent Law Reform Commission proposals (HERE) that seek to undermine the current position of Section 6.-(1) of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 that parents who are Legal Guardians act Jointly on behalf of their children?
“4.05 The Commission recommends that a general statutory requirement to consult should not be included in legislation concerning parental responsibility”.
2) What is your position on the failure of State authorities, such as the HSE (HERE), schools (HERE) and hospitals (HERE), to respect the right of children to have both guardians consent jointly for any matter that requires parental consent?
3) Do you believe that Gender Equality is an issue solely for women, as indicated recently in the Dept. of Justice report to the Universal Periodic Review (HERE), given recent Equality Tribunal cases (HERE)?
“Women’s rights and gender equality
137. Ireland has ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Despite the progress that has been made, inequalities on the gender ground still exist. Workplace gender discrimination continues to be reported annually, with on average, women being paid 17% less than men and ongoing occupational sex segregation. Childcare and eldercare responsibilities often hinder the advancement of women in their careers. Women continue to be under-represented in decision-making roles, particularly in the political arena and as company executives and members of corporate boards.
138. To address these areas, gender equality policy in Ireland consists of a number of components. The comprehensive National Women's Strategy 2007-2016 is an all-of Government commitment to foster the advancement of women in all facets of their lives. The Strategy, which contains 20 key objectives and over 200 actions, aims to equalise socioeconomic opportunity for women, ensure their well-being and engage women as equal and active decision-makers. The Government and the European Social Fund have made funding available for a programme of positive actions to support gender equality. These include increasing women’s participation in employment, supporting women entrepreneurs and assisting those in employment to advance their careers”.