Speaking at the Cork city launch of Sinn Féin's campaign for a 'Yes' vote in the Children's Referendum, Sinn Féin spokesperson on children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, said understandable mistrust of the current government and of the State's record should not prevent people from voting 'Yes'. He said:
"With less than a fortnight to go to the Children's Referendum on 10 November it is very important that people are fully informed and that as much discussion and information as possible is made available.
"The profile of the referendum has been relatively low in the media so far. Sinn Féin takes this constitutional amendment very seriously and that is why we are mobilising our party to support a 'Yes' vote.
"There is understandable mistrust of the current Government because of its social and economic policies. There is even greater mistrust of the State's record with regard to the care and protection of children. But that in no way should prevent people from voting 'Yes' for this amendment - on the contrary, it should encourage people to go out and support this important change to the Constitution. It is designed to help prevent neglect by the State which caused so much suffering to children the past.
"We firmly believe this amendment will strengthen the legal obligation on the State and its agencies to vindicate the rights of children and to protect them as far as possible.
"It will be the responsibility of Government to deliver on these rights and Sinn Féin will hold them to account. The education, health and welfare of children will have to be given a greater priority by this and future Governments.
"We urge people to use their vote on 10 November and to vote 'Yes' for children's rights." ENDS