Saturday 21 April 2018

'Information deficit' ahead of child rights poll

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

There is an "information deficit" on the forthcoming children's rights referendum, according to Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Calling for more debates and discussions to be highlighted by the media, she said she was not complacent on the outcome and wanted a good turnout and a strong endorsement of the referendum on November 10.

She said the evidence was that people were "very supportive" and responding to the wording in a "non-adversarial way".

However, Ms Fitzgerald said she wanted to make sure people were well informed and understood the "four or five key points" of the referendum.

Ms Fitzgerald, along with Fine Gael's director of elections Leo Varadkar, launched the Young Fine Gael (YFG) campaign for a Yes vote in Trinity College in Dublin.

Mr Varadkar told members that with just two weekends left until polling day, the timeframe was now "very tight" for the campaign.

He noted that the referendum had specifically been set for a Saturday to afford younger citizens the opportunity of casting their vote.

Public meetings are being held around the country and information is "plentiful".

"Everyone should be fully informed by polling day," he said.

A new website specially designed for the referendum -- www.yfg.ie -- along with T-shirts, posters and leaflets, was also unveiled yesterday.

YFG president Patrick Molloy said there was a "thirst" for information on the referendum among young people.

Irish Independent

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