Tag Archives: Children’s Referendum

At the children’s referendum count centre in Dublin Castle yesterday from top: Frances Fitzgerald, Alan Shatter, Senator Jillian Van Turnhout, Justice Catherine McGuinness and a spoiled ballot.

Government Ignored Judge’s Warning That Children’s Referendum Voters Were Confused (Irish Independent)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)



For the week that appears to be in it.

Urchins, tykes, Beano-lovers and cheeky young wans.

Blissfully UNAWARE they had no rights in the constitution.

And wasn’t it well for them?

Pics by Elinor Wiltshire via The National Library of Ireland digital archive.

Thanks Sibling Of Daedalus

A young JFK in pic 5 (left), anyone?


Fitzgerald Defends Government Over Referendum Information (RTE)

Fresh-faced Irish political youth controversially urge a yes vote in the Children’s referendum at the Wolfe Tone statue on O’Connell Street, in Dublin earlier.

From left: Patrick Molloy (FG), Aideen Carberry (Labour), Paul Anthony Ward (FF), Daniel Meister (National Youth Council Of Ireland) and Adam Douglas (Greens).

The five then went to the beach where they feasted on cake and lashings of ginger ale given to them by Uncle Quentin Aunt Fanny.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


Law library: “Ker-ching!”

Miriam Cotton writes:

I’ve just seen your panel [top from left: Kathy Sinnott, John Waters, Frances Fitzgerald and Fergus Finlay] for tonight’s debate [on TV3] on the Children’s Rights Referendum. There are plenty of us who oppose this referendum other than for religious reasons. To exclude our voices from your programme will mean that your debate is unbalanced before it even begins.
With respect to John Waters and Kathy Sinnott, some of whose concerns I share, they are unlikely to represent the views of people whose definition of family would include same-sex parents/guardians and unmarried parents/guardians many of whom also oppose this amendment.
I have been the national coordinator for a campaign (on behalf of the member organisations of Inclusion Ireland) aimed precisely at securing just a few basic, legislated rights for children and other people with disabilities and I can tell you categorically that neither Fine Gael nor Labour would commit to unequivocally support that objective.
So much for their conviction to rights for children.

This amendment will do nothing to help secure those basic rights…


MORE: Open Letter to Vincent Browne On The Children’s Referendum (Miriam Cotton, PoliticalWorld.org)

Watch the debate here.

Small acorns and that…

Donnacha Murphy (left) and Ray Kelly from the The Unmarried and Separated Families of Ireland urging a ‘no’ vote in the Children’s Referendum, outside the Four Courts, Dublin, this afternoon.

Previously: Is There Literally No Proper ‘No’ Campaign?

(Sasko Lazaroiv/Photocall Ireland)

Fair enough.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (bottom centre left) with members of the Joint Committee on Health and Children: (back from left) Billy Kelleher, Peter Fitzpatrick, Jerry Buttimer, Robert Dowds, Ciara Conway and Seamus Healy with (bottom from left) Catherine Byrne, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Robert Troy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Jillian Van Turnhout.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Some 30,000 printed copies of the children’s rights referendum Bill will have to be pulped after a misprint suggested the proposed constitutional amendment related to the article protecting the right to life.

The copies erroneously stating an amendment to article 40 of the Constitution was proposed were sent to post offices across the country so they could be made available to members of the public.

Article 40 is of particular concern to anti-abortion campaigners because it contains a statement that the State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn.

The referendum actually proposes to insert article 42A, entitled Children, into the Constitution, aiming to protect children at risk and make it easier for the children of married parents to be adopted.

Referendum copies to be pulped after right to life error (Mary Minihan, Irish Times)

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)