Fianna Fáil has called for an honest and positive campaign in the Children’s Referendum ahead of the public vote on November 10th as Leader Micheál Martin launched the party’s campaign for a Yes vote. 

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD said: “This referendum is an extremely important moment for Ireland and the future of our children. The Irish people will decide on a proposal to enshrine specific rights of children in Bunreacht na hÉireann. The Irish people do not lightly vote to change the Constitution and we will be working in the days and weeks ahead to inform the public as to why we believe this change is right for our children and right the country.

“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. This is one of those rare times when the day-to-day politics can be put aside in support of a very important issue that is non-political in my view.

“Fianna Fáil has already begun a series of meetings around the country to inform our members of the proposal being put before the people on November 10th and there will be more meeting held around the country in the weeks ahead. I am delighted that Barry Andrews is undertaking the role of Director of Elections in the campaign. As Minister for Children he significantly progressed the proposition that the public will be voting on. Barry will be a strong and positive voice in the Yes campaign.”

Director of Elections Barry Andrews said: “From the meetings I have attended already it is clear that there is a strong base of support among Fianna Fáil members for the proposed Constitutional change. I am looking forward to a very active campaign from the party over the coming weeks.

“As we know from previous referenda on a range of issues complacency has often let down the yes side. However on this occasion I know the Fianna Fáil party will be working to ensure that a positive and consistent message is brought to the public through our elected representatives and members. As we get closer to polling day the public will engage more and more with the issues and there will be a strong campaign from Fianna Fáil through to polling day in an effort to ensure there is a broad consensus from the Irish public and that a strong yes vote is returned on November 10th.”