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Sinn Féin leader urges public to use their vote in upcoming Children’s Referendum

3 November, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking on a canvass today in Dublin for the Children’s Referendum, the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the public to come out and use their voice on November 10 and vote yes for children’s rights.

Speaking from Henry Street in Dublin City Centre Deputy Adams said:

“This referendum is an opportunity for the first time for the people to enshrine the rights of children into the state’s constitution.

“Sinn Féin is calling for the biggest vote possible and for the public to use their voice and vote yes to cherish all the children of the nation equally, yes for children’s rights.

“The amendment, as proposed, expressly recognises children in their own right. It establishes the best interest of the child principle and ensures that the voice of the child must be taken into account in all judicial cases concerning the child’s care, adoption, guardianship, custody and access.

“This amendment represents a positive step in the right direction and while not perfect and while we recognise that people have strongly held beliefs on the issue, we believe that this is the best way forward in terms of recognising the specific rights that children have.

“I am urging people to come out,  have their say and to vote Yes for Children on Saturday 10 November.”

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