Shane joined George Hook on High Noon today questioning how much planning has gone in to accepting refugee children from Calais
The government has agreed to accept up to 200 unaccompanied minors from the Calais camp following weeks of protests and pressure from opposition parties.
The motion, drafted by Richard Boyd-Barrett of People Before Profit, was amended yesterday to include the provision that Dail Eireann “will work with the French authorities in accordance with national and international law, and liaise with volunteers and youth care professions to identify up to 200 unaccompanied minors previously living in the official camp of Calais.”
Childcare expert and author Shane Dunphy is not so sure Ireland is ready for it.
"It’s all very well taking in these children and of course it has been a nightmare situation for them, however, we need to think about how we can actually accommodate them when they arrive over here. Our children’s services are already under huge strain and many children get lost within our own system."
Dunphy is not sure the Irish authorities have thought this through.
"We need to make sure this is thought out properly and it is not just a case of coming over and getting lost in another system."
Listen back to the full interview below.