Press Release on Referendum on Children

Press Release.

In 2004, the 27th Amendment to the constitution was passed. The new
Article 9.2.1 stated that “ Not withstanding any other provision of
this Constitution, a person born in the island of Ireland, which
includes its islands and seas, who does not have, at the time of the
birth of that person, at least one parent who is an Irish citizen or
entitled to be an Irish citizen is not entitled to Irish citizenship
or nationality, unless provided for by law.” The proposed 31st
Amendment intends that the state protects and vindicates the
imprescriptible rights of all children. Yet Article 9.2.1 is
discriminatory against a child born here of non-EU national parents?
Will the new Amendment if passed render the deportation of children of
non-nationals impossible because the child will surely tell the judge
that he/she wants to remain here with parents and school friends? I
consider that living in Ireland protects the interests of the child
much more than living in destitution elsewhere. The issue is not
referred to in the Information Booklet issued by the Department of
Children and Youth Affairs. This 2012 Amendment seems to partially
overturn the effect of the 27th Amendment.

Personal Accountability to those who live in Dublin11. I voted against
the 27th Amendment on the grounds that I considered it in effect
racist. I will vote for this referendum with some hesitation because
justice must be seen to be done. Open court and not ‘in camera’
should be the norm for cases involving children or minors.