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.