Sinn Féin today launched its campaign for a YES vote in the Children’s Rights Referendum that will take place on November 10th.
Speaking at the launch Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams said:
“I want to begin by urging everyone to Vote Yes on November 10th.
“Sinn Féin understands the differing deeply held views and opinions that exist around this issue.
“The increasing numbers of children living in poverty as a result of government policies; the 500 vulnerable young people who were recorded as homeless on census night in 2011the scandal of abuse in state institutions, all means that there are many citizens who do not trust the state on this issue.
“These are understandable concerns and they must be addressed by government and every effort must be made to reassure citizens on these matters.
“The government has to translate the legal demands of the new wording across the institutions and policies of the state and it must ensure that adequate resources are put in place.
“However, the purpose of the referendum is to provide strong legislative protections for children in the time ahead and to tackle these issues in a positive way.
“This is an important legislative advance and Sinn Féin welcomes it.
“Sinn Féin has long campaigned for the rights of the child and we have been led in this by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD.
“This amendment is, for us, a first step toward incorporating the UN Convention on the rights of the Child into Irish law.
“We would have preferred a stronger wording but nonetheless this is a significant step in the right direction.
“I appeal to citizens to Vote Yes.”