Wednesday 19 June 2019

New Citizens' Assembly to look at gender equality

Judge Mary Laffoy
Judge Mary Laffoy
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

MINISTERS have agreed to establish a new citizens’ assembly to bring forward proposals on gender equality.

The Assembly will be tasked with discussing the “remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination” in this county.

Ninety-nine members of the electorate will asked for suggestions on how to ensure women have “full participate at all levels of decision-making”.

The terms of reference will “recognise the importance of early years parental care” and ask the assembly to “examine the co-responsibility for care, especially within the family”.

The chairperson will then report back to the Government with definitive proposals.

Similar formats have already been used to chart a chose for government policy on abortion and climate action.

A second, more refined, assembly is to be established to consider the best model of local government for Dublin, and in particular the issue of a directly elected mayor and their powers.

This follows the acceptance of a directly-elected mayor by the people of Limerick in a plebiscite last month. However, residents of Cork and Waterford rejected a similar proposal.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also agreed to proceed with a referendum on granting Irish citizens living abroad a vote in further presidential elections.

The poll is expected to take place in October. Ministers have agreed to start work on the legislation for the referendum.

If passed, the constitution will be changed in time for the 2025 presidential election.

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