Martina Devlin: We can restore public faith by revisiting the Constitution
Published 23/02/2012 | 05:00
It's unlike a conference to put a spring in my step. But the proposed convention to modify that rather noble and occasionally irritating document in a blue cover, stamped with a harp -- Bunreacht na hEireann -- is doing just that.
The official charter to the Irish Republic, drawn up 75 years ago under Dev, contains a number of progressive articles standing the test of time. Equally, some strike an anachronistic note. And then there are the gaps, where subjects of deep concern to today's citizens are not even referenced.
So the Constitution, which forms the basis of our self-government as a people, definitely needs an overhaul. Not some tinkering, but the level of in-depth, bonnet-to-boot servicing a vintage Rolls-Royce dating back to 1937 could expect.