Saturday 27 December 2014

100 people attend rally to remember 2004 Citizenship Referendum

Published 11/06/2014 | 19:51

Marking the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Citizenship Referendum. Photo: Kay Cairns
Over 100 protesters
One of the posters at the rally. Photo: Kay Cairns

About 100 protesters stood together in solidarity in front of the Dáil today at 2pm in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Citizenship Referendum.

The 27th Amendment to the Constitution was made to bring Ireland in line with the rest of Europe in providing Irish citizenship only to children born of at least one Irish parent.

The provision was signed into law on the 24th June 2004 and applied to all births after 1st January 2005.

Prior to this, the Constitution stated that, "It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas, to be part of the Irish Nation.

That is also the entitlement of all persons otherwise qualified in accordance with law to be citizens of Ireland."

Bertie Ahern's government introduced 2004 referendum, under the Fianna Fail and Progressive Democrats coalition.

Fine Gael also supported the shift, with opposition from Labour, the Green Party, Sinn Fein, and the Socialist Party, in addition to The Republic's Official Human Rights Commission, The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Northern Ireland's SDLP.

Currently Canada and the US are the only developed countries that recognise birthright citizenship.

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