Wayne Dignam: State can now help to save people like me
Published 12/11/2012 | 17:00
THE people of Ireland have said Yes to the Children referendum, showing they truly believe that every child matters. But what does that really mean now?
Let me explain by giving you a simple example. Imagine society as a swimming pool, where adults are swimming in lanes, and the children are playing in the shallow end. The State acts as a lifeguard, with the responsibility to make sure children don't drown.
But there's a young boy who is drowning. I was once that boy. This new wording in the Constitution now gives a greater obligation on the State, as lifeguard, to jump in and help. To protect children.