Children’s referendum result stands – a good day for children

Published date: 
18 Oct 2013

For immediate release

Friday, 18 October 2013


Children’s referendum result stands – a good day for children


Justice McDermott in the High Court today rejected the challenge to the 2012 children’s rights referendum. The judge found against Joanna Jordan on all counts in a robust and considered decision.

Speaking at the Four Courts today, Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) welcomed the decision.

Tanya Ward Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance said, “We in the Children’s Rights Alliance are delighted with today’s decision. Over a million people came out to vote on the question of strengthening children’s rights in Bunreacht na hÉireann

The will of the people is crystal clear. They voted YES so that children can be better protected, respected and heard.”

Fergus Finlay Chief Executive of Barnardos said, “We strongly welcome today’s detailed and thorough judgment by the High Court to accept the validity of the Children’s Referendum. The people of Ireland clearly voted in favour of amending the Constitution that will make a positive difference in children’s lives, especially those most vulnerable.

Children have waited long enough so now we must begin to put in place the legislation and policy that will ensure children’s best interests are taken into account and their voices heard.”

Caroline O’Sullivan Director of Services of the ISPCC said, “The ISPCC welcomes today’s ruling which marks a historic moment in our history where finally children will have their rights as individuals recognised in our constitution.

This decision gives all of us who care about children’s rights a cause for celebration.  This is important as for the past year the decision of the people has been frozen by this challenge and legal changes to improve the lives of vulnerable children have been in limbo.”




Bríd McGrath

Communications and Public Affairs Manager

Children's Rights Alliance

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