Public Lecture on Children’s Rights by Fergus Finlay


Once again IT Carlow’s large lecture theatre was filled for the second in the Department of Humanities public lecture series. CEO of Barnardos, Fergus Finlay made a presentation to the public and both students and staff of IT Carlow on Children’s Rights and the Constitutional Amendment. To coincide with the presentation, students within the Department of Humanities set up a Toy Appeal Stand for Barnardos with hopes of raising a substantial amount for the charity and Christmas gifts for children in need.

Acting Head of the Department of Humanities, Allison Kenneally presented Mr. Finlay with a cheque of €1,413.59 for Barnardos. The charity works directly with 5,000 children, who they aim to have a present for this year. There was silence among the attendees as Mr. Finlay talked through the current state of child poverty in Ireland. Ireland holds the 6th highest rate of poverty in Europe and his aim is “to make Ireland the best place in the world to bring up children”. 6.3% of children in Ireland, a total of 65,270, live in consistent poverty. Fergal explained the eleven factors which determine whether a child lives in consistent poverty, one of which is the belief that they will never receive a present.