Chastisement

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Friscondo writes:

Didn’t take long for BBC to get a negative story about us, to put us back in our place as regressive rednecks.

Meanwhile…

The Children’s Rights Alliance today welcomed the decision by the European Committee of Social Rights which found, once again, that Ireland is violating children’s rights due to its failure to ban corporal punishment in the home.

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, says:

“We are very pleased with today’s decision as this firmly puts the spotlight on Ireland to ban smacking. Up to now, Ireland has permitted corporal punishment of children in the home, which is out of kilter with most other European countries. In recent days, the world has witnessed Ireland’s decision to introduce marriage equality and is now asking – how can children not yet have equal protection in the law?

Today’s decision by the Committee finds that Irish domestic law does not: ‘prohibit and penalise all forms of violence against children within the family, in certain types of care or certain types of pre-school settings. This includes acts or behaviour likely to affect their physical integrity, dignity, development or psychological development or wellbeing’. This is mainly because parents or carers can rely on the common law defence of reasonable chastisement in our laws when disciplining children.

The Children’s Rights Alliance also welcomes the decision by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to ban corporal punishment in foster care and in all childcare settings. He will also review the common law defence of reasonable chastisement with the Minister for Justice and Equality.

Children’s Rights Alliance

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26 thoughts on “Chastisement

  1. ZeligIsJaded

    Sooner they ban ‘reasonable chastisement’ the better.

    MDMA and reasonable chastisement have this country in an awful state

  2. McBane

    Is the bbc comment tounge in cheek?

    Maybe if we banned hitting kids we wouldn’t have to worry about other countries reporting how backwards we are.

  3. scottser

    the pope said it was ok, as long as the dignity of the child is maintained. folks here will take the church’s word over the UN any day.

  4. Mr. T.

    What about the ban on kids hitting their parents a slap with the business end of a plastic spoon full of baby food? eh? eh?

    1. scottser

      mine has developed into quite the ninja – she can kick a bowl of baby food out of your hand and all over the shop in the blink of an eye.

  5. phil

    Im not making up my mind until I hear a balanced argument , that being an opinion from the church, so lets get a canon lawyer to weigh in , and not that liberal one from the other day.

    I also expect staff at RTE to express no opinion on this.

  6. The People's Hero

    “My right to discipline my child…. blah blah…. Never did me any harm…. blah blah……”

    Violence towards a child is utterly unacceptable…. ‘Smacking’ is just that. Violence. Violence towards a child.

  7. max

    anti-smacking campaign sponsored by the sweetie mega corps… Roll on child hood obesity

  8. max

    anti-smacking campaign sponsored by the sweetie mega corps… Roll on child hood obesity

  9. The Old Boy

    “When I was young, an Irish holiday meant that yer father would hit you over the head with a chair, instead of the table.”

    – Mick ‘the Bull’ Daly, barman extraordinaire.

  10. gorugeen

    Saw a woman whacking her 4ish year old across the back of the head while shouting “you know damn well hitting is wrong”.

  11. Rob

    “Friscondo writes:
    Didn’t take long for BBC to get a negative story about us, to put us back in our place as regressive rednecks.”

    Just cos we all got drunk on the back of the gheys doesn’t mean we are not a shower of rednecks!!!

  12. Kieran NYC

    All the pro-smacking people happy for teachers to start beating the kids again?

    How about the Gardai to start kicking the shite out of water protesters?

    Or some fella to give you a puck in the face in the street?

    Why is hitting kids ok if we don’t even allow the authorities to hit prisoners?

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