Sunday 20 October 2019

Convention seeks gender neutrality

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The Government has four months to decide if it will hold a referendum on changing the section of the Constitution dealing with the role of women in the home.

The Constitution think-tank recommended altering Article 41.2.

A majority of members of the Convention on the Constitution recommended it should be "gender-neutral to include other carers in the home, and beyond the home".

The convention debated the issue two months ago, but made its formal report to the Oireachtas yesterday.

The Government has to hold a full Dail debate within four months on the report and give its response.

If the Coalition agrees with a convention recommendation, it must also include a timeline for a referendum.

Convention chairman Tom Arnold said the recommendation was made to reflect the "great societal changes which have taken place since the document was written".

"It calls for recognition of gender balance and for equal opportunity," he said.

Irish Independent

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