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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?

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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.

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