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Children’s Referendum wording may not be finalised at Cabinet

CHILDREN’S Minister Frances Fitzgerald signalled that the wording for the children’s rights referendum may not be finalised at today’s cabinet meeting.

The delay in publishing the wording has been criticised by Fianna Fail.

Ms Fitzgerald, who is addressing Labour TDs today about the referendum, said that it was on track to be held in the autumn. But she suggested that further cabinet discussion might be required to agree the final wording.

“There will be some further consideration of the wording today and possibly at further cabinet meetings, and the adoption legislation will also be agreed by cabinet,” she said.

The adoption legislation being proposed by the Government will allow for the adoption of children in long-term foster care – but this can only be implemented if the children’s rights referendum is passed.