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Sunday 23 July 2017

Referendum may double up with presidential vote

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE country may be asked to vote on the proposed constitutional referendum on children's rights on the same day as the Presidential election.

The election of a new President will take place next October and will provide an opportunity to allow people to vote on the long-awaited constitutional amendment.

Health Minister James Reilly said yesterday Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald was overseeing preparations for the referendum .

The referendum was originally due to be held on March 25, the same day as the proposed general election, but the election was then brought forward.

Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan has already warned that the wording of the amendment will have to make a practical difference to children's rights.

She said it must include the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children, and the wording should not be watered down in an attempt to secure a 'Yes' vote.

Irish Independent

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