Dáil Éireann - Volume 486 - 29 January, 1998

Written Answers. - Children's Ombudsman.

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): 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 [760] 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.