The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) brought together the youth wings of the five main political parties today in an unprecedented joint call on young people to get out and vote in the upcoming Children’s Referendum.
Speaking from the steps of the GPO, Dublin, representatives from Labour Youth, Ógra Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin Republican Youth, Young Fine Gael and the Young Greens called on young voters to come out to vote on Saturday and to vote Yes for Children.
Patrick Molloy, President of Young Fine Gael, said:
“We have different views and opinions on many issues, but the protection and welfare of children is too important to become a partisan issue, that is why we are coming together to call for a big turnout of young voters and for a Yes vote on Saturday.”
Danielle Martin, Campaign Director of the Sinn Féin Republican Youth Children's Referendum Campaign, said:
“Our constitution says who we are as a country, next Saturday we have an opportunity to bring our constitution in line with our values and to ensure every child is protected, respected and heard.”
Adam Douglas, Chair of the Young Greens, said:
“This referendum is an important step forward. For the first time it proposes to give constitutional recognition to the best interests of the child in key decisions affecting their life and gives much greater prominence to the voice of the child in such decisions.”
Eamon Quinlan, President of Ógra Fianna Fail, said:
“We strongly encourage young people to go out and vote in the Children’s Referendum. It is your democratic right and an opportunity to ensure that our constitution addresses the needs and interests of children and young people in Ireland today.”
Aideen Carberry, Chairperson of Labour Youth, said:
“It’s positive that this referendum is on a Saturday, which will allow many young people in education, training and work the opportunity to travel home to vote. It’s important now that as many young people as possible use their vote and vote yes on November 10th.”
James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director, concluded: “It is vital that we encourage a high turnout in this Referendum. With such an important issue at stake, it is heartening to see these organisations united in their desire ensure a Yes vote and to encourage the participation of young voters.”
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images: Tommy Clancy will syndicate pictures from the 12.00 midday event
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
NYCI Yes position
As a non-governmental and non political organisation NYCI does not normally take a position in elections/referendums. However NYCI has campaigned for a Children’s Rights amendment for many years and the NYCI board referred the matter to a vote of member organisations in accordance with NYCI Articles of Association. NYCI members advocated taking a Yes position by an overwhelming majority.
NYCI Referendum website