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Poll: Do you think Ireland should ban the smacking of children?

There is no Irish ban on physical punishment of children by their parents.

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THE COUNCIL OF Europe’s committee of social rights has severely criticised France’s stance on smacking children this week.

The committee says that France is violation of a European treaty because it didn’t fully ban the smacking of children.

Its ruling on Ireland’s position is expected in the next few months.

Currently, there is no Irish ban on physical punishment of children by their parents or caregivers – they’re allowed use physical force through the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement”.

In today’s poll we ask should there be an outright ban on smacking children?

Poll: Do you think Ireland should ban the smacking of children?


Poll Results:

No (8289)
Yes (3678)
I don't know (871)



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