Country Focus: Ireland's 2012 Report Card Launch

Gay Mitchell Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ireland launched their 2012 report card on June 12. The European press release was disseminated widely to key national policy makers and Health Service Executive posted a National News item on the intranet. Irish MEPs Pat the Cope Gallagher, Gay Mitchell and Liam Aylward attended the report card launch and press conference in the European Parliament in Strasbourg which was held by European Commissioner John Dalli, MEP Malcolm Harbour, and ECSA Director Joanne Vincenten.

MEP Gay Mitchell stated that "Ireland can do more to save children's lives. More safety policies need to be implemented and enforced."

MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher said that "Ireland needs to also impress on drivers to take responsibility for their own safety as well as others. Transport safety is a leading cause of injury deaths in Ireland."

RTE Report

A feature television interview with Irish MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Liam Aylward appeared on European Parliament Report on 17.6.2012 on RTE , Ireland's leading national station.

The 12 minute feature discusses how Ireland can improve policy, and both MEPs repeatedly emphasise the need for government to take more action to reduce the number of child injuries and deaths in Ireland. The interview can be viewed at the link above, starting at the 5 minute mark.

The News Item was released as follows

Child Safety Report Card published

A Europe wide Child Safety Report Card, which includes a score card for Ireland, was released on Tuesday 12th June. It summarises Ireland's performance on the level of safety we provide to the youngest and the most vulnerable citizens through national level policy to address unintentional injury.

We are scored on our level of adoption, implementation and enforcement of over 100 proven strategies and policies to prevent unintentional injury – good practices known to save children's lives.

Ireland is rated as 8th out of 31 countries across Europe – we do very well in some areas and need further work in others.

If you would like to see the report and scorecard please click on the link.

If you want more information or you are interested in contributing to the work of the recently established HSE Child Injury Prevention Planning Group, please contact Mary Roche at 071 9174780

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