The early years of a child’s life are precious and set the foundation for success in life. There is only one chance to make the most of this formative stage and we have a duty to ensure that every child gets a good start.
Disgracefully, it is children who have borne the brunt of austerity and inequality. 130,000 children live in consistent poverty in Ireland, a figure which has doubled since 2008. One in 9 children have to go without basics such as proper food, adequate heating and warm clothes.
Poverty robs children of their potential. It’s time we put an end to this. All children deserve an equal chance in life.
A summary of our priorities in this area are as follows: