We are being asked to vote on a defective constitutional proposal that extends weak protection to our children from abuse and neglect. By Vincent Browne.
There is a straightforward question to be asked about the proposed constitutional amendment concerning children. It is: why does it not include the oft-quoted and approved aspiration of the 1916 Proclamation: “cherishing all the children of the nation equally”?
Of course the reference to “children” in that case was to all the citizens of the State, adults included, but at the outset of the deliberations on this amendment Bertie Ahern in 2006 promised that this objective would be part of an amendment.
So what happened? Instead, we are asked to vote on an amendment that offers feeble protection for children from abuse and neglect and nothing at all about cherishing the children of the nation equally. Not that the amendment does not improve prospects for some children, but it does so at a cost of deferring prospects of real change for children, perhaps for generations.Add a comment