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Structure of Citizens Assembly a “serious mistake” - Gerry Adams TD

15 October, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

While wishing the members of the Citizens Assembly good luck in their deliberations which begin today, the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has criticised the government’s decision to establish a “much less effective structure” than that of the Constitutional Convention.

Teachta Adams said:”

“The Constitutional Convention worked very well. It was inclusive and broadly based with citizens and public representatives working together to reach agreement on important constitutional and political matters. The referendum success on marriage equality is just one example.

Regrettably the government, in framing the Citizens Assembly, has insisted on sticking rigidly to a much less effective structure, with no political representation and no voices from the north. This failure to appreciate the all-island imperative for future development is a serious mistake by the government.

Sinn Féin is very clear. The Eighth Amendment must go and it should be replaced in legislation. The report of the Citizens Assembly should go speedily to the Dáil and the government should expedite the process of holding the referendum. The future of the eighth amendment is ultimately a matter for the people.”

Teachta Adams added: “The Government accepted six recommendations for constitutional change from the Constitutional Convention. The Programme for Government proposes that referenda be held on a further two of these issues - the question of amending Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution to remove the offence of blasphemy. And for a referendum on Article 41.2.1° regarding a “woman’s life within the home”. We need to see progress from the government on these matters also.”

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