Story of child rights only just beginning
The Government need not spend too much time congratulating itself on winning a referendum in which only a third of the electorate voted by the relatively narrow margin of 58pc to 42pc. And it should spend even less time seeking excuses for an unimpressive performance.
This vote had always resembled the proverbial piece of cake. Who could oppose the copper-fastening of children's rights in the Constitution? Child abuse has been one of the most shocking issues of recent years. The role of the State, in relation to the fate of children in its care, is deeply controversial.
For these and other reasons, those campaigning for a No vote had great difficulty in making what was almost their sole plausible claim, that the referendum was simply unnecessary.