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Justice Committee Backs Calls For Referendum On A Woman's Place.

: 12/06/2018 - 13:18

The Oireachtas Justice Committee has backed calls to change an article in the Constitution referring to a woman's place in the home.

In a report launched this morning, it proposed two possible courses of action for the Government to consider.

It looks like a referendum on the article referring to the woman's place in the home is inevitable, but it is a case of when.

Two options were recommended by the Justice Committee in it's report, which was released this morning.

The first option is to replace the article with "more appropriate, gender-neutral language", which follows recommendations by a Department of Justice task force in 2016.

The second would postpone any referendum on the issue to allow a Citizen's Assembly to take place, which would involve "a broader discussion on the role of care work".

The latter is supported by the Women's Council of Ireland, which has called on the Government to establish an Assembly with a view to a referendum in 2019.

It's one of a number of referendums being considered by the government including one on divorce and extending voting rights in Presidential elections to those living abroad 
 

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