Let us not betray those we have already failed
The children's rights referendum could make the state's role paramount in the care of Irish children - the very state whose institutions have failed so many of them, writes Tom McGurk.
Their faces stare out from our morning newspapers, these Irish children who sadly are now dead. In their pictures - obviously taken in better times - they generally look relaxed, hopeful even, brimming with the unique vigour of youth. In their demeanour, they seem expectant, their young life stretching ahead. But it was not to be.
They grew up in an Ireland of the new century, an Ireland which during their short lives had experienced...
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