Thursday 21 June: For immediate release
Children’s Rights Alliance
Press Statement by Tanya Ward, Chief Executive
Alliance Welcomes Children’s Rights Referendum That Reflects Public Mood
“The Children’s Rights Alliance is delighted that Government has today confirmed it will hold a Children’s Rights Referendum in the autumn. This announcement reflects the public mood and society’s appetite to consign Ireland’s systemic neglect of vulnerable children to the past.
“Since its establishment in 1995, the Alliance has repeatedly called for a referendum to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution. Yesterday’s Child Deaths Report further illustrated the ways in which the Constitution blocks social work efforts to protect children. It is time for this to change. We deserve a Constitution that protects children and supports them to grow up in a stable family home.”
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Notes to Editor:
During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD said a stand-alone referendum would be held.