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Government has broken consensus on children’s referendum – Ó Caoláin

13 October, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as “a very disappointing backward step” the announcement by the Taoiseach Brian Cowen today in the Dáil that the Government is drafting alternative children’s rights amendment wording to that agreed by an all-party committee.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The Government has clearly decided to break the all-party consensus on the wording of the children’s rights referendum. This is a very disappointing backward step. The committee, of which I was a member, worked extremely hard over many months, and with the best legal advice and participation from a wide range of views, to come up with a very considered proposed wording.

“We need the rights of children to be strengthened in the Constitution. A referendum to do just that is now overdue but is to be further postponed as a result of the government’s decision.” ENDS

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