Tuesday October 20, 2020


The constitution should uphold the rights of the child

30th October, 2010

The Roscommon childcare case was a disaster waiting to happen. It strikingly underlines the major imbalance between children’s rights and family rights in the Irish Constitution.

We have had two referendums on the rights of unborn children.

Yet a referendum on putting the rights of born children into the Constitution keeps being delayed, apparently because it might paradoxically confer excessive human rights on children, which the Irish state would then have to uphold....

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