Reacting to the report released today recommending amendment of the ‘Women in the Home Article’ by the Justice and Equality Committee of the Oireachtas, Pauline O’Reilly, who addressed the Committee as part of the process, described the news as welcome.
“We have relentlessly called for the recognition of caring to be maintained in the Constitution, along with an elimination of gender stereotyping. The Joint Oireachtas Committee, having heard submissions from many of us in the caring realm, have made the welcome recommendation to amend rather than delete Article 41.2, with two options under consideration. Option A would see the Oireachtas lay down wording, while option B would call for a Citizens’ Assembly model of consultation.
“We are entering a new phase in our social history, one in which greater automation on the one hand and greater caring responsibilities on the other creates a challenge for governments.
“The Green Party sees this as an opportunity to forge a new economic model that financially supports the caring and the cared for and one that gives financial security, eliminating precarious employment.
“Many roles will see a reduction in the workforce as further and further automation comes on stream, but older persons, children, and vulnerable adults will always need care that is individual.
“This new reality means that a Citizens’ Assembly or open consultation is essential to get a referendum right.”
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