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Consitutional Convention wants your say on its final phase

It will hold eight public meetings around Ireland in towns and cities including Monaghan, Cork and Sligo.

A Constitutional Convention meeting in Malahide, Dublin
A Constitutional Convention meeting in Malahide, Dublin
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION is going on tour, and will hold eight public meetings around Ireland.

It announced today that it will travel to Cork, Galway, Waterford, Sligo, Athlone, Monaghan and Dublin on the tour, which will take place this month and into November.

The meetings will help to “set the agenda” as the convention decides on the constitutional issues to look at during the final module of its work programme.

Public meetings

On the tour, it will hold the meetings at:

  • Cork: University College Cork, 23 October
  • Galway: NUI Galway, 30 October
  • Waterford: Waterford City Hall, 7 November
  • Dublin: Dublin City University, 11 November
  • Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 13 November
  • Sligo: Sligo Borough Council, 19 November
  • Athlone: Radisson SAS, 20 November
  • Monaghan: Monaghan Educational Campus, 25 November

The Chairman of the Convention on the Constitution, Tom Arnold, said:

Over the last year we have received many thousands of submissions and we are looking to forward to hearing the detail of these issues first-hand from members of the public.

He said that as the Convention on the Constitution is a citizens’ forum, “it is essential that Irish citizens are able to make their views known and have their say”.

Members of the Convention are very keen to hear citizens’ views and I would like to strongly urge people living in these areas to come along to a local meeting and get involved in the process.

There are 100 people in the convention, including 66 ordinary citizens, 29 members of the Oireachtas and four members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

They were asked by the Dáil to consider a number of matters, including reducing the voting age to 17, providing for same-sex marriage, removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution and amending the clause on the role of women in the home.

The members voted to lower the voting age, rejected the reduction of the presidential term, voted in favour of same-sex marriage, and voted to alter the ‘women in the home’ clause.

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