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Column: Children need a change from the old HSE way of thinking
The new Child and Family Support Agency will be one of the largest public bodies in the State – and it’s going to require a major cultural shift, writes Paul Gilligan.
# Referendum
Referendum website's 'Like' button illustrated bias for Yes vote
The Supreme Court delivers its full ruling into why the Government’s website for the Children’s Referendum was not impartial.
# Weekend voting
Students criticised for failing to get out the vote in children's referendum
The Union of Students in Ireland has been criticised by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell in the wake of the low turnout in the children’s referendum last weekend.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Saturday voting is a good idea?
Which do you think is better…midweek or weekend?
# Referendum
Constituency-by-constituency: How you voted
Which electoral area had the highest proportion of ‘Yes’ votes? Which one had the highest percentage of ‘No’ ballots? And into which top 10 does the Taoiseach’s home constituency fall?
The Children’s Referendum count
We keep you up to date on commentary and local results as we await an official national result from the Dublin Castle count centre by mid-afternoon.
Column: ‘I want the best for children, which is why I am voting No’
Pat Kavanagh says she has serious questions about the new Child and Family Support Agency.
Column: ‘Vote Yes to end the culture where children are seen and not heard’
Fergus Finlay says countless reports documented Ireland’s failings to protect children, but this constitutional amendment will change that.
# Referendum
Children’s Referendum website corrected after omitting part of amendment
The government’s scaled-down version of needed amending this evening after it omitted part of the referendum being held on Saturday.
# Referendum
Minister: Government acted "in good faith" on referendum information
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the Office of the Attorney General gave legal advice on the website and booklet.
Colm O'Gorman: The State failed children, but so too did society
The head of Amnesty International Ireland addresses concerns of the ‘No’ camp in Children’s Referendum – and says the Constitution will still be unambiguous in asserting the status of the family.
# Referendum
Supreme Court says Government's Referendum site 'not fair, equal or impartial'
The Supreme Court says the government’s literature is not impartial, and therefore an inappropriate use of public money.
# Referendum
Children's referendum: Up to 2,000 people begin voting on islands
Islanders off the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway will cast their vote today.
# Referendum
Children vote on... children's referendum (They went for 'Yes')
Five youth organisations give test poll to those not entitled to vote – but whose lives are most likely to be affected by the outcome.
# Your Say
Poll: Should voting in elections and referendums be held on Saturdays?
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said future Saturday votes will depend on the turnout in next week’s referendum. Do you support holding votes on Saturdays?
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?
# Referendum
What do the children's referendum posters mean?
What messages are the children’s referendum posters trying to get across and do they work? We asked the experts…
Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate
Emotional language and arguments as Frances Fitzgerald and Fergus Finlay argued for a ‘Yes’ vote as John Waters and Kathy Sinnott argued for a ‘No’.
# children's referendum
Varadkar criticises 'No' campaigner due to speak in tonight's TV3 debate
Kathy Sinnott is taking the ‘No’ side in the Vincent Browne-hosted debate on the upcoming children’s referendum. The FG director of elections called her claims on RTÉ’s Prime Time last night as “scaremongering”.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you vote in the children's referendum?
Concerns have been raised about turnout in the 10 November referendum. Will you be casting your vote?
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Ice-cream for children’s votes? Tayto Park as possible children’s hospital site? European ‘Rear of the Year’ award for the Taoiseach?
Column: Why I’ll be voting No in the Children’s Referendum
There is no legal need for constitutional change – and it may have unforeseen consequences, writes Gerry Fahey.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you feel informed enough about the children's referendum to vote?
The vote is just over a fortnight away but are you confident that you know enough to cast your vote?
Column: For foster children like me, the Children’s Referendum is a new chance
The change won’t make any difference to most people, writes Wayne Dignam. But for a few, it could mean everything.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Law & Order
Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Tetris
Here are the things we learned, shared and loved today.
# cutting costs
Referendum will save €600k by opening polls for two hours fewer than usual
Polls usually open from 7am but this time around they won’t open until 9am.
# Said and done
A cow, a goat, a sheep, a flower: The week in quotes
“There are 47 per cent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims.”
# balance
Near consensus - but here's why both sides will get 50/50 coverage in the Referendum
With little opposition to the referendum so far, there are suggestions that broadcasters will simply cut down on coverage rather than have to give 50/50 airtime to both sides.
# Your Say
Poll: How will you vote in the Children's Referendum?
This day seven weeks, we’ll be answering this question for real.