“Minister Zappone’s abortion stance forces Departmental Audit member to resign” Mattie McGrath

by admin on 21/09/2017

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, to clarify if her controversial stance on abortion is impacting the work of her Department. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it emerged that a key member of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Audit Committee has resigned due to what he perceives as the glaring contradiction of having a Minister for Children who is persistently advocating for the introduction of abortion without restriction as to reason:

“The resignation of John Pittock, who was a Managing Director in Deloitte, from the Department’s Audit Committee raises very serious questions for Minister Zappone.
Clearly the extreme nature of her views and her bizarre contention that the definition of ‘child’ does not extend to the unborn regardless of its gestational age, is causing problems within the Department.

We need clarification and certainty that Minister Zappone’s position on abortion and her readiness to deny fundamental rights to unborn children, despite being the Minister for Children, is not creating a conflict of interest in the operational running of her Department.

No State Department should be used as a platform to advance personal ideology. They are there to act in the best interests of all citizens and not simply to give preferential status to one particular point of view,” concluded Deputy McGrath.


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1 Matt Moran September 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Katherine Zappone has a serious conflict of interest and she should resign from being Minister for Children. It is bizarre that her definition of ‘child’ does not extend to the unborn regardless of its gestational age. The International Convention on Human Rights states clearly in its preamble: “Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth”. As a member of the Irish Government she is denying “special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth”. Her position as a Minister is untenable, and she must resign rather than impose her re-definition of terms on her Department.

When binding treaties and conventions don’t suit the ideology of people like Ms Zappone, they try to re-define the terms to make them suit. For example, the UN Committee on Human Rights is currently trying to re-define “the right to life” in the Convention for which it holds oversight. This is bizarre but unacceptable. Civilised people must wake up to what is going on in the name of ideology.


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