Fianna Fáil is to hold a public meeting in Meath this evening on the upcoming Children’s Referendum.  The party’s Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD will host the meeting at the Old Darnley Lodge, Athboy, from 8pm.

Deputy Troy said: “This referendum is an extremely important moment for Ireland and the future of our children.  The proposed changes will strengthen the rights of children, will ensure the voice of the child is heard in key proceedings regarding their care and wellbeing and offers a unique opportunity to begin a cultural change in Ireland on the care and welfare of all children.

“The Irish people do not lightly vote to change the Constitution and we will be working in the weeks ahead to inform the public as to why we believe this change is right for our children and right the country.  Tonight’s meeting in Athboy is important and I look forward to meeting people and engaging in the debt

“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 in Meath so that they can make an informed and considered decision.

“In the coming weeks Fianna Fáil will be delivering leaflets to houses across Meath, explaining in a clear and concise way what this referendum is about and why we are asking people to vote yes.  

“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.”

Deputy Troy concluded: “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 in Meath and across the country.  We will continue to press this case with the Government and I believe we will have strong support for it with a strong yes vote on November 10th.”