Fianna Fáil has said today’s Yes vote in the Children’s Referendum is an important step towards improving the rights of children across the State.  The party has welcomed voters’ support for the Constitutional amendment, but has said questions must be asked of the Government’s handling of the campaign.

 

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy said, “This is an important moment for Ireland and follows years of work on how best to enshrine the rights of children in our Constitution.  This amendment is not a silver bullet but it is certainly the right step forward.  The Government must now prioritise the necessary legislation and resources to ensure that the Constitutional change the people voted for this weekend will really improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.  

 

“Questions need to be asked about how the Government brought controversy into what should have been the least contentious referendum in the history of the State. I will be seeking answers from the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in the Dáil this week about her failure to ensure fairness and impartiality in the campaign, and about the response of senior Cabinet Ministers to the Supreme Court ruling last week. 

 

“This is not over with the passing of this Referendum. The Government must listen to the concerns of voters raised during the campaign. I intend to hold Minister Fitzgerald and her Government to account for the promises they made in relation to supports and resources for vulnerable children, in particular tackling in the gaping holes in the social worker service and out-of-hours social care,” Deputy Troy said.