Wednesday 18 October 2017

Constitution forum 'needs extension'

Shane Hickey

THE chairman of the Convention on the Constitution has said there may need to be an additional forum after it is completed, due to unfinished business.

Tom Arnold, pictured, chaired the Convention, which was set up to examine changes to the constitution over a 12-month period.

Mr Arnold said there is a growing feeling amongst the 100 members of the group that another convention will need to be established. They have not had time to deal with all of the issues which have arisen under their current mandate, he said.

The convention, a forum of 66 citizens, 33 politicians and the chairman, was established to make recommendations on possible future amendments to the constitution.

Mr Arnold said he had written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to request a few extra months – until the end of March next year.

So far, it has looked at lowering the voting age, the role of women in the home, same-sex marriage and reform of the Dail, amongst other subjects.

Irish Independent

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