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Labour refusal to repeal ‘women in the home’ clause ‘unacceptable’ – McDonald

12 February, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Tánaiste Joan Burton has today confirmed that the Fine Gael-Labour coalition will not support the repeal of the ‘women in the home’ clause of the 1937 Constitution.

Speaking following their Dáil exchange on this issue, Deputy McDonald said:

“We are now in the second decade of the 21st century, and still women do not enjoy equal representation in public life.  From its very adoption, the sexist ‘women in the home’ clause of the 1937 Constitution has been the object of derision as part of the problem, as it constitutionally relegates women to second class citizenship.  Two years ago, a very substantial majority of the Constitutional Convention recommended a constitutional amendment referendum to remove this clause

“It is totally unacceptable that the Labour leader, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection refuses to bring forward this question to the Irish people in a referendum.

“Sinn Féin in Government will bring such a referendum to the people, and pave the way for Irish women’s full constitutional equality at long last.”

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