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C case reminder of required referendum – Ó Caoláin

15 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the dropping of charges in the C case today has acted as a reminder of the need for a referendum on children's rights to be held at the earliest possible opportunity.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said today, "The dropping of charges in the Mr. C case today acts as a reminder of the need for a referendum on children's rights to take place at the earliest possible opportunity.

"The previous Fianna Fáil led Government missed the opportunity to hold a referendum on children's rights last year on the same day as the general election. Sinn Féin had proposed that a referendum take place on that day.

"Sinn Féin believes that this referendum must introduce a comprehensive set of children's rights including the right to protection.

"We further believe that there is no reason why the referendum cannot take place in 2008 just as there was no valid reason for it not taking place in 2007." ENDS

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