Getting ready for action

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on September 24, 2015

Column from Medical Independent on 24 September 2015.

Ireland is often not the welcoming place it claims to be. Media images of refugees putting their lives at risk to get to Europe, and in particular the shocking sight of the dead body of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian washed up on the coast of Turkey, triggered a rush of good will from Irish citizens.The Government eventually announced that 4,000 refugees would be welcomed here under relocation and resettlement programmes over the next two years. So what are these refugees’ health needs and how will the Irish health system respond?  (more…)

Proposed child welfare and protection agency: a good move or not?

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 3, 2011

Last Monday (28 April 2011), the first full Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald said that the new Child Protection and Welfare Agency will ‘strip away the procrastination, the deception and evasion that has allowed abusers go unpunished’ – high ambitions indeed for an agency we know little about. So what do we know about the plans to set up a new Child Protection and Welfare Agency and is it a good move or not? (more…)