Dáil Éireann - Volume 486 - 29 January, 1998
Written Answers. - Children's Ombudsman.
Mr. Currie Mr. Currie
90. Mr. Currie asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 12 and 30 of 9 October 1997 whether he has reached a decision on an ombudsman for children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1992/98]
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. Fahey) Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. Fahey)
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. Fahey): The appointment of an ombudsman for children has implications for a number of Departments dealing with issues relating to children and it will be necessary to  clarify the departmental roles and responsibilities in this regard.
In terms of the resources available to me in 1998, I have identified the establishment of a social services inspectorate as a top priority and, accordingly, I propose establishing the inspectorate this year. However, I am committed to the introduction of an ombudsman for children in due course.
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