THE leader of the Green Party has urged Stormont’s Executive to create a better future for new generations.
Steven Agnew was speaking on Saturday at the conference of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, held at Stranmillis College, Belfast.
The North Down MLA said: “The next generation has always been at the heart of Green Party policy and children have been at the heart of the conference as we focus on the issues that face our young people from cradle to career. The failure of the executive parties to come up with an Early Years Strategy is but one example of how they are failing children.”
Mr Agnew also said his party was committed to fighting welfare cuts.
And he criticised Health Minister Edwin Poots’ plan to challenge a High Court ruling that the same-sex couple adoption ban was unfair.
He said: “The outcomes for children growing up in care in Northern Ireland are poor in terms of health, educational achievement, risk of offending and risk of suicide. However, our health minister seeks to deny those children the opportunity of growing up in a loving family home because some of those families may not reflect the values of the minister.”