Labour pushes for date on Children's Referendum

The Labour Party has tabled a motion for debate in the Dáil, seeking to establish the necessary Constitutional Amendment Bill that will set a date for the holding of a referendum to enshrine and enhance the protection of the rights of children in 2010. 

The final report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children was published on 16 February 2010.  Crucially, it included all-party agreement on a proposed wording for a constitutional amendment to strengthen children’s rights. 

However, it transpired in the Oireachtas last week 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.  This Bill seeks to move things along - a move welcomed by the Children's Rights Alliance.