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Statement on the death of Norah Gibbons

Date: Thu 9th Apr, 2020 | 12:44

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Norah Gibbons, children’s rights advocate and founding Chairperson of the Child and Family Agency Tusla.

Through her work as director of advocacy at Barnardo’s, as Chairperson of the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry, co-chair of the Independent Review Group on Child Deaths, and as member of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, Norah Gibbons was an inspirational figure and a powerful voice, who championed the advancement of children’s rights in Ireland.

Driven by a profound sense of social justice and empathy, Norah Gibbons has left an enormous legacy, not only for the children of Ireland but for all those who cherish the values of equality that underpin our republic and democracy.

Sabina and I express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and former colleagues.