| 13.4°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Willie Kealy: 'When political leaders pass the buck, voters see through them'

There's a fine line between reform and unnecessary meddling in the hope of political advantage

Close

'The fact that the voters have not always gone along with attempts to change articles of the Constitution tells us, perhaps, that there is an attachment here which politicians fail to take account of at their peril.' Stock photo

'The fact that the voters have not always gone along with attempts to change articles of the Constitution tells us, perhaps, that there is an attachment here which politicians fail to take account of at their peril.' Stock photo

'The fact that the voters have not always gone along with attempts to change articles of the Constitution tells us, perhaps, that there is an attachment here which politicians fail to take account of at their peril.' Stock photo

The members of the Government, and especially the Taoiseach, regard the present administration as a reforming one. They are not without justification in this view, and not just because of the constitutional changes they have championed in relation to abortion and same-sex marriage.

There is little doubt that the original Bunreacht na hEireann is an outdated document from an era so different to today as to be unrecognisable to the majority, and over the years there have been calls for it to be scrapped completely and a new document drawn up. But that idea has never had sufficient support to get off the ground - and so we have tackled the perceived deficiencies in a piecemeal fashion. The fact that the voters have not always gone along with attempts to change articles of the Constitution tells us, perhaps, that there is an attachment here which politicians fail to take account of at their peril.


Most Watched





Privacy