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Poll finds 74% would support children's rights referendum

Published 06/11/2006

Three-quarters of Irish people would support a referendum to give constitutional recognition to the rights of the child, according to an opinion poll commissioned by Barnardos.

Seventy four per cent of respondents to the survey said they would back such an amendment, with support for the measure crossing all income groups, age groups and geographical locations.

The high level of support is also found among supporters of all political parties.

The Taoiseach recently announced plans to hold a referendum on the matter in the coming months.

A proposed wording for the ballot being put forward by Barnardos today would insert a new provision in Article 40 of the Constitution covering personal rights.

It would also amend Article 45 to enable to State to intervene in exceptional cases where parents are failing to protect the welfare of the child.

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