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# constitutional convention

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# crisis
Dáil defeats Bill that would make housing a constitutional right
Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett has called the government “shameful” for not supporting the Bill.
# Eighth Amendment
Who's going to sit on the abortion assembly?
In 2012 when the Constitutional Convention was set up there were concerns about lobbying – but transparency is needed if Citizen’s Assembly is going to work.
# Eighth Amendment
Enda promises action on abortion within six months of re-election
However, the Taoiseach would not be drawn on any possible date for a referendum on the matter.
# the eighth
Kenny to call convention on abortion if returned to power
The Taoiseach was speaking at a meeting of the British Irish Council in London.
# presidential age
Ireland says NO in presidential age referendum
There were 1,412,602 votes against.
Voices
We're being short-changed by the 'other referendum'
The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.
Voices
We can't back down over equality – we must demand more
Voting on marriage rights should be just one part of a national effort to address the serious social and material inequalities that plague Ireland.
Voices
Column: So, you've made it into government? Here's how to avoid a democratic revolution
Congratulations, you’ve been elected! Luckily you can avoid living up to any promises you’ve made – just follow this guide.
# U-turn
Enda accused of 'betraying' young people by scrapping voting age referendum
The Government had committed to holding a vote on the issue back in 2013.
Voices
Opinion: The Government's pretence about reform fell away at the first genuine challenge
The response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention on political reform reveals the truth about the Government’s attitude to democracy.
Voices
Opinion: Is it any wonder protests turn nasty when they make fools out of those who believe?
Like many, events of last week and last weekend have shaken my certainty in Irish democracy. The wicked go unpunished and the good go unrewarded.
# Referendum
Living abroad, but want to vote? A decision on your rights could be made in the next 7 weeks
A decision on whether to hold a referendum to allow the Irish diaspora to vote in presidential elections is to be made shortly.
# recommendations
Convention recommends environmentalism, secularism and the right to die
The report of the Constitutional Convention recommends the removal of the blasphemy offence from the Irish Constitution.
Voices
Column: Why has the Government ignored the Irish diaspora – again?
The timeframe for the Government to respond to the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention regarding the voting rights of Irish abroad has elapsed, write Oliver Moran and Sarah Cantwell.
Voices
Column: Economic rights are just as vital to a democracy as civil rights
We must rail against the insidious notion that moral norms are not rights at all but, rather, privileges bestowed upon us by our kindly masters, writes Dr Tom Hickey.
# ccven
Here's the ballot paper the Constitutional Convention will vote on today
They will decide whether to recommend if the rights to housing, social welfare and emergency health care should be in the Constitution.
# Human Rights
Right to a home and protection of ethnic minorities on agenda for Constitutional Convention
The convention is meeting for the last time in it’s 15-month process with economic, social and cultural rights the topics of the day.
Voices
Column: Our economic crisis, and the misery is has caused, is rooted in the property market
The denial of the right to a home leads to homelessness – but is also leads to a society with massive mortgage arrears, rocketing rents, and families living in fear of eviction, writes Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.
Voices
Column: It's time to demand the right to a home be included in our Constitution
This weekend the Constitutional Convention will consider the issue of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Peter McVerry Trust believes this is the perfect opportunity for the right to a home to be included in the Constitution.
# Dáil Reform
Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system
More than 60 per cent of members also supported the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ hours for TDs.
# Your Say
Poll: Does the Dáil need to be reformed?
The Constitutional Convention will meet today and tomorrow to discuss whether the Dáil needs an overhaul. What do you think?
# Change
Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention
The Constitutional Convention will discuss Dáil reform this weekend.
# blasphemer
Another potential referendum, this time on the offence of blasphemy
The Convention on the Constitution want the offence replaced.
# Gay Marriage
Taoiseach on same-sex marriage: 'I wouldn’t have the same opinion as the Tánaiste'
Enda Kenny will campaign for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, but does not agree with Eamon Gilmore’s assessment that it is the “civil rights issue of this generation”.
# Marriage equality
Alan Shatter: Same-sex marriage referendum is not a vote about parenting
“The intended referendum is about one thing only: the question of who is permitted to marry in the eyes of the State”.
Voices
Column: We can achieve equality for all families in just three steps
Family and social life has changed radically since our Constitution was published in 1937, resulting in many Irish families today being effectively ignored by society. But that can all change, writes Karen Kiernan.
# Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015
Following a Cabinet meeting earlier today, the government has confirmed plans for a referendum in the first half of 2014.
# constitutional convention
Blasphemy offence should be replaced in the Constitution, says Convention
The Constitutional Convention has held its seventh meeting in Dublin this weekend.
# Blasphemy
The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is 'largely obsolete'
They said the blasphemy reference has been used to justify violence and oppression against minorities in other parts of the world.
# Your Say
Poll: Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?
It meets for the seventh time today, but has it been a success?
# you can't say that
Blasphemy! Convention to consider taking religious offence rule out of Constitution
The Constitutional Convention will spend the next two days debating whether or not the blasphemy provision should get the boot.
# Same-Sex Marriage
Varadkar: Same-sex marriage referendum could be held next year
The government is due to outline its plans for a referendum on same-sex marriage after discussions at Cabinet next Tuesday.
# ccven
First public meeting of Constitutional Convention in Cork tonight
The convention are looking to get ideas from the public about what constitutional issues should be tackled next.
# public meetings
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.
# ccven
Constitutional Convention will recommend votes for Irish abroad
The convention will recommend to the Government that they should consider a referendum on extending voting rights in Presidential elections to Irish citizens living outside the state.
# constitutional convention
Convention report recommends longer polling hours and larger constituencies
More than half of delegates at the constitutional convention think the number of members in the Dáil should be left unchanged.
Voices
Column: Change we can believe in? Ireland’s Constitutional Convention has delivered
The Constitutional Convention has made substantial recommendations, including on sensitive topics such as gender equality and same-sex marriage. We can only hope the government passes the recommendations on to the people, writes Dr Matthew Wall.
# i do
There were 429 civil partnerships in the state last year
Of these, 263 couples were male and 166 were female as GLEN describes the couples as “pioneers”.
# Voting Rights
Government to hold referendum on lowering voting age to 16
The referendum is likely to be held on the same day as a number of other votes designed to modernise the Constitution.