Today’s Irish Examiner reports that a new wording for a children’s rights referendum is now being drafted by the Attorney General.
According to the report,
Taoiseach Brian Cowen told the Dáil that the all-party consensus and the wording resulted in a “range of unintended policy and resource implications”.
The suggestion that the wording proposed by the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children gives rise to a number of implications that were previously unforeseen by government seems highly surprising given the involvement of government party representatives in the Committee’s work, including the drafting of the proposed wording. Indeed, given the time already spent by the Committee on the drafting, it is disappointing and frustrating that its work appears to have simply been set aside only for the ‘drafting process’ to be assumed by yet another actor – this time, the AG. Continue reading “Yet Another Draft Text for the Children's Referendum Amendment?”
It is almost 3 months since the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children released its final report. As previously highlighted on this blog, this report followed 2 years, 62 Committee meetings, 2 other Committee reports and numerous milestones highlighting the precarious position of children’s rights in Irish society, including the publication of the Ryan and the Murphy reports.
The process leading up to and the content of the report was the subject of extensive discussion by contributors to this blog (see here and here), while a blog carnival on the draft wording proposed by the Committee was held on this blog in the week following the report’s publication.
Concern has already been expressed about the government’s failure to commit to a concrete date for a referendum on the constitutional amendment on the child, despite previous statements on the part of the Government that a constitutional amendment on children’s rights would go ahead once the Committee’s work was completed.
Yesterday, the Children’s Rights Alliance reported that
it transpired in the Oireachtas, yesterday, during an exchange between the Taoiseach and opposition leaders, Enda Kenny TD, and Eamon Gilmore TD, that the Cabinet has not yet considered the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children Report, despite receiving it months ago. Consequently, the advice of the Attorney General has not yet been sought. Continue reading “Still No Movement on the Children's Rights Constitutional Amendment”