Fianna Fáil has launched a strong campaign in Co Limerick for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Referendum on Children’s Rights.
The party will distribute leaflets to 40,000 houses across Co Limerick and will hold open meetings in the 5 Local Electoral Areas in Newcastle West, Rathkeale, Kilfinane, Cappamore and Adare before polling day on 10th November.
Local Fianna Fáil Deputy Niall Collins said the campaign will include social media and door-to-door canvassing.
“I am concerned that the issues involved in this referendum have not been fully explained to people. I want to cut through the confusion and explain these issues simply to voters so that they can make an informed and considered decision,” said Deputy Collins.
“I and my colleagues will be delivering leaflets to 40,000 houses across Co Limerick explaining in a clear and concise way what this referendum is about, and why I am asking people to vote yes. We will also hold 5 public meetings in the 5 local electoral areas before referendum day to give people an opportunity to ask questions and to air their views about this referendum.
“A yes vote in this referendum will be a step forward for children’s rights. It will ensure that the rights of the child will be explicit in our Constitution. The referendum will also ensure that no child is discriminated against whether they are disadvantaged, physically or intellectually disabled when it comes to accessing services of the state.
“This referendum will also improve adoption rights for thousands of children in care who currently cannot be adopted due to anomalies in the law. In Ireland today, there are 6,500 children in care and 2,000 of these have married parents. Under the current legislation, these 2,000 children cannot apply for adoption with their foster families.
“This referendum is an important step, but it is not the only answer. It must be backed up by the necessary resources in terms of social workers and supports for vulnerable children here in Limerick and across the country. We can help this to happen by voting Yes for children’s rights on November 10th”