The Irish Department for Children and Youth Affairs has announced that the Irish government has approved the signature and ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communication procedure (OP3) “at an early date”. Making the announcement the Department’s Minister, James Reilly, said, “the Protocol will reinforce and complement national mechanisms allowing children to submit complaints for violations of their rights. It is right that children in Ireland should have the same facility to access this new UNCRC rights mechanism as their counterparts in other participating countries”

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Child Rights Alliance in Ireland has welcomed the news: “This new procedure will enable children and their representatives to complain to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child when their rights have been breached. We commend the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, for being extremely proactive in ensuring that children’s rights are protected at the highest level. Now children will have somewhere to turn when our national bodies and courts cannot help them.”

To date, 11 States have ratified OP3 and a further 36 have signed the Protocol. You can track the latest ratifications news through our ratification around the world home page.