Alison O’Connor: State must get its act together for referendum
If the upcoming Children's Referendum is passed, even more children will be taken into the care of the State.
On the basis of what we know about our highly dysfunctional childcare system, these children would be moving from situations which are highly traumatic to those that are possibly fatal.
We don't 'do' referendums easily in Ireland. This next one is exceptionally important and long overdue. It really must be passed in order to change our Constitution and give children their own rights as individuals. But for that to happen people will surely need to know that the 'care' of the State is preferable to a family home where children are being sexually and physically abused.