Call for high voter turnout in children’s referendum

Eligible voters are being urged to come out in large numbers to have their say in the November 10 referendum on a constitutional amendment on children’s rights.

Eligible voters are being urged to come out in large numbers to have their say in the November 10 referendum on a constitutional amendment on children’s rights.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) asked that people “come out in big numbers and vote.”

“I think it is a hugely important that a message goes out to the children of the nation that we do care,” she said.

A notice of motion was submitted by Cllrs Cavanagh, Matt Doran (FF) and Michael (O’Brien) “that this council calls for a strong Yes vote in the children’s referendum on November 10 and welcomes proposals to give children explicit constitutional rights in order to enhance child protection and welfare and address legal inequalities between children.”

“Children of all generations have suffered in the past because the state didn’t intervene in the past and people turned a blind eye because it was the easy option,” Cllr Cavanagh said, “but that will never happen again.”