A Referendum and General Election on the same day

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is very concerned that the proposed referendum will be lost if it is not debated now and put to the people as soon as possible. Children have been left more vulnerable as a result of the rushed sexual offences act 2006. This has to be redressed.

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Chief Executive, DRCC said “Of course it is a very serious matter whenever a proposed constitutional amendment is put before the people and we do want to get it as right as is possible. However there seems to be an underestimation of the Irish electorate’s ability to understand the issues. We believe the Irish Electorate is much more sophisticated that it is given credit for.

There is an opportunity now to rise above party politics and show real leadership in the case of the current proposed amendment. It is not a good idea to put this off any longer. It is not a good idea to split the proposal into two amendments.

We at the DRCC are suggesting that the referendum is held on the same day as the election. This will give us more than enough time for debate. Our children have to become a priority for all of us. We have to give them their proper rights. We have to protect them, especially from the perpetrators of sexual crimes.”

The DRCC is calling for all parties to support the referendum going ahead. The referendum needs all party support to succeed. But of course those who will gain most from a successful outcome will be our children.

For further information please contact:
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO – 01 661 4911 / 086 809 9618

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