Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Referendum day break with tradition

Enda Kenny says the children's rights referendum will be held on a Saturday

The Government has broken with electoral tradition and will hold the long-awaited children's rights referendum on Saturday November 10, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

Details of the final wording of the constitutional amendment will be published on Wednesday when the chairman of the Referendum Commission will also be named.

The proposed reforms include a general recognition of the rights of children, power for state intervention in neglect cases, new adoption laws and the need for a child's views to be taken into consideration with their best interests paramount.

The wording was finalised at a Cabinet meeting later.

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