Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has admitted to long fingering a decision on the ‘women in the home’ referendum saying that it will not now take place this year.
The Green Party are calling for the reference to be changed to value caring in our society: for children, the elderly and the vulnerable.
This would strengthen our commitment to support people who give so much to our society but are right now undervalued.
Green Party spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Pauline O’Reilly, the National Women’s Council and Family Carers Ireland all called for a public consultation when they addressed the Joint Oireachtas committee last year in relation to Article 41.2.
Pauline O’Reilly said:
“The government needs to get a move on. We’re calling for a consultation as soon as possible with members of society, like a citizen’s assembly, so that the wording truly reflects our values as a people. Eamon Ryan has been asking questions on this issue for the past couple of months and there is little progress.
“We need to remove the gendered language in the Constitution but make sure that carers and the cared for have constitutional protection. Caring for children, older persons and vulnerable adults, as well as the environment we live in must be prioritised.
“We are disappointed to see the lack of progress on this issue. A referendum on Article 41.2 was due to take place this year. The Minister has said that this will not go ahead in 2019 but has outlined no plan on consultations either.”
Article 41.2.1° of the Constitution of Ireland states that “In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.”
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