04 October 2012

Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D. launches information website for Children’s Referendum

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today launched www.childrensreferendum.ie, which is the dedicated information website for the Children’s Referendum.

Minster Fitzgerald was joined by children to officially launch the website at an event in Merrion Square, Dublin.  

The website, which has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, is provided in both Irish-language and English-language versions. The website includes the Referendum wording as well as a guide to the proposed changes, factsheets on topics such as adoption and foster care and answers to frequently asked questions about the Referendum.

At the launch, Minister Fitzgerald stated: “The debate on this Referendum must not belong solely to constitutional lawyers or politicians. This is a debate for all of us.  That is why the Government has committed to running a major information campaign for the Referendum which includes this website www.childrensreferendum.ie as well as the distribution of an information booklet to every home in the state”.

The website launch took place the day after the Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012 completed all stages of debate in the Oireachtas, with the full support of TDs and Senators.

Commenting on the wording agreed by the Oireachtas, Minster Fitzgerald stated:  “I would encourage everybody to read the wording on the information website www.childrensreferendum.ie. If you do, you will see that it is very clear in its objective. It’s about treating all children equally, in particular by removing inequalities in adoption. It’s about protecting children from abuse and neglect. It’s about supporting families; and it’s about recognising children in their own right”.