Comment: Lessons of citizens' assemblies may ring a few bells in Ireland

Comment: Lessons of citizens' assemblies may ring a few bells in Ireland
Ireland isn't new to citizens' assemblies Pic: Donaldytong

The Netherlands found its assembly became a temporary solution to a political problem

The citizens’ assembly, which meets for the first time today to consider the issue of the Eighth Amendment, may not seem like much of a unique phenomenon. Ireland is only two years out from the final report of the constitutional convention, a body of 100 people that also considered issues of national significance. The convention recommended two referendums that were actually held – the marriage equality referendum and one on lowering the age of eligibility for president.

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