Children's rights referendum is likely this year
THE Government is planning to hold a referendum later this year -- most likely on children's rights.
The wording of a referendum strengthening the protection of children will be published tomorrow by an Oireachtas Committee. The cross-party agreement on the wording of the referendum will then be passed to the Cabinet to set a date.
The Oireachtas Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children is chaired by Fianna Fail TD Mary O'Rourke.
Social Welfare Minister Mary Hanafin confirmed the Government did intend to hold a referendum at the "back end of the year".
"We would anticipate the election for the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the two by-elections and possibly also at least one constitutional referendum, because the committee on the children has yet to finally report.
"We have also promised in the Programme for Government that there would be a constitutional referendum on a court of civil appeal," she said.