ATD, with all other members of the Children’s Rights Alliance, warmly congratulates Emily Logan on her appointment as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said: “Emily Logan has done an outstanding job as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children and we commend her on her many achievements. She established the Office under the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002 and developed it into the highly-respected body that it is today. Through the independent investigation of public bodies, children and their advocates now have a place to go when their rights are violated and the Office has been instrumental in securing important change for vulnerable children and for strengthening children’s rights.”
Among Emily’s most important achievements, we will be remembered for her pioneering reports in relation to St. Patrick’s Institution, on separated children and, most recently, for her hard-hitting special inquiry into the removal of two Roma children from their families. She has also made critical impacts in areas including child homelessness, children in care, child protection, disabilities and in the sphere of education. And we commend her on fulfilling her role as a strong, independent voice for children during the state reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
ATD and the Irish 17 october Committee remember also her contribution to the 2009 UN Day for Eradication of Poverty at the eve of 20th anniversary of the UN Convention of the rights of the Child.