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Sinn Féin president urges Yes vote on Saturday

8 November, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Teachta Adams said:
"The Children's Referendum is about protecting the most vulnerable in society – children and young people - and ensuring that the law is shaped to protect them.
It is also about imposing a legally binding duty on the state to provide the strategies, policies, services and resources needed to achieve this.
While I understand the concerns of those who are against the referendum, particularly because of the appalling record of the state in protecting children in the past, I believe that this is a step in the right direction and that citizens should vote for it.
I have also met some people during recent canvasing who have said they intend voting against the amendment as a way of punishing the government for its bad policies. Their anger at the government is understandable but to vote against the referendum for this reason would be wrong.
I would appeal to everyone concerned about the welfare and protection of children to support the constitutional amendment.
This constitutional amendment is about enshrining in the constitution the early intervention that is needed to help families and children and where practical to ensure that children remain with their parents.
The purpose of the referendum is also 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.
We would have preferred a stronger wording but nonetheless this is a significant step in the right direction. However, the amendment is a positive step in the right direction.
The purpose of this amendment is to get the balance right for children. It is especially important for vulnerable children to ensure that all possible legal safeguards are in place to protect them.
I believe this referendum is an important step in the right direction.

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