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Taoiseach holds meetings with Children’s NGOs and Housing Commission

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar held meetings today with The Housing Commission and also with representatives from groups advocating for children’s rights.


The Taoiseach and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman met with Children’s Rights Alliance CEO Tanya Ward and Barnardos CEO Suzanne Connolly to discuss the new Child Poverty and Wellbeing Unit which is being established in the Department of the Taoiseach.


As the Taoiseach has said, child poverty requires a whole of government approach. The new unit will be established in the first quarter of 2023.


The aim is to build on what has already been achieved and provide greater focus to improve the lives and wellbeing of all children in Ireland. Today’s meeting provided the Taoiseach with an opportunity to hear the views of both organisations in how the unit will be shaped.


The Taoiseach also met with The Housing Commission at Government Buildings to discuss issues under the Commission’s remit, including tenure, and quality-of-life issues in the provision of housing.


This was the latest in a series of meetings the Taoiseach is holding with stakeholders on housing, to ask their advice and learn from their experiences.


The Taoiseach emphasised that we must do whatever it takes to solve this social crisis and reverse the trend of rising homelessness and falling home ownership. He said the Government will leave no stone unturned, and no option will be taken off the table without due consideration.