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Ireland violates EU smacking law
27 May 2015 17:05
Minister for Children James Reilly has said officials from his department have started talks with the Department of Justice and Equality on removing the defence of "reasonable chastisement".
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Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said progress has been made since 2009 and most people now use other ways of disciplining their children.
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He said child safety is everybody's responsibility and he would like to see the options available for removing the defence of "reasonable chastisement" before legislation is considered for a ban on parents smacking children.
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It comes as the European Committee of Social Rights has found Ireland violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment, including parents smacking their children at home.
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Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that has not yet banned corporal punishment in the home.
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The committee said the corporal punishment of children in Ireland is not prohibited in a sufficiently clear, binding and precise manner under domestic legislation or case-law.
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The ruling follows a formal complaint in February 2013 from the UK-based Association for the Protection of All Children.
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