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# constitutional-convention - Thursday 21 September, 2017

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.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

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.

# constitutional-convention - Monday 28 December, 2015

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.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 28 November, 2015

Kenny to call convention on abortion if returned to power

The Taoiseach was speaking at a meeting of the British Irish Council in London.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 23 May, 2015

Ireland says NO in presidential age referendum

There were 1,412,602 votes against.

# constitutional-convention - Monday 18 May, 2015

We're being short-changed by the 'other referendum'

The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.

# constitutional-convention - Sunday 29 March, 2015

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.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 31 January, 2015

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.

# constitutional-convention - Thursday 15 January, 2015

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.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 3 January, 2015

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.

# constitutional-convention - Thursday 20 November, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Monday 31 March, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Sunday 23 February, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 22 February, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Friday 21 February, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Thursday 20 February, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Sunday 2 February, 2014

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.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Poll: Does the Dáil need to be reformed? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

The 9 at 9: Saturday

January is (finally!) over. Here are the nine things you need to know as your weekend – and February – begins.

Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention will discuss Dáil reform this weekend.

# constitutional-convention - Monday 27 January, 2014

Another potential referendum, this time on the offence of blasphemy

The Convention on the Constitution want the offence replaced.

# constitutional-convention - Sunday 29 December, 2013

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”.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

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”.

# constitutional-convention - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

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 - Sunday 3 November, 2013

Blasphemy offence should be replaced in the Constitution, says Convention

The Constitutional Convention has held its seventh meeting in Dublin this weekend.

# constitutional-convention - Saturday 2 November, 2013

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.

Poll: Has the Constitutional Convention been a success? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?

It meets for the seventh time today, but has it been a success?

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.

# constitutional-convention - Friday 1 November, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Monday 14 October, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Sunday 29 September, 2013

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 - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

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.

# constitutional-convention - Friday 12 July, 2013

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”.

# constitutional-convention - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

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.

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