Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fitzgerald wins referendum battle

The Government is planning to hold the referendum on children's rights on its own later this year, with no other vote on the same day.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald appears to have won the battle at Cabinet to keep the children's referendum away from any other ballot.

There is still no indication of when exactly the vote will take place, but Ms Fitzgerald said yesterday the referendum would happen this year.

However the exact wording of the referendum has yet to be finalised. The legislation on adoption that will go with the referendum also has to be resolved.

"It is my intention to propose to the Oireachtas that we put a referendum to the electorate on the incorporation into the Constitution of new provisions which copper-fasten the interests of children," said Ms Fitzgerald.

The referendum has been in the pipeline for four years.

Irish Independent

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