Tuesday 17 October 2017

First meeting of Citizen's Assembly in the diary - with earliest date for referendum on abortion estimated

Repealing the Eighth Amendment remains a burning issue.
Repealing the Eighth Amendment remains a burning issue.
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE first meeting of the Citizen’s Assembly - which is being established to examine the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution - will take place by November.

The Cabinet also today agreed that an “appropriate person”, possibly a retired judge, will be asked to chair the assembly.

Around 100 people will sit on the body - which is first examine the Eighth Amendment, which gives equal status to the rights of the mother and the unborn.

The assembly will also examine issues such as fixed term parliaments. It will report back within 12 months.

This means that the earliest a referendum on abortion is likely to take place is 2018.

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