Brian Cowen has told the Dail that the present proposed-wording of the Children's Rights Referendum would have "unintended consequences" if accepted. SF's Caomhin O'Caolain says the govt has rejected the 'All Party' wording agreed by the Oireachtas Committee. Meanwhile, Newstalk is reporting that the Attorney-General has drafted new wording for the amendment, which is likely to delay a referendum.This is excellent news given the wording (especially 'cherishing all the children of the State equally' )could have led to failed asylum-seekers having children or using their children to challenge their deportations by claiming it denies their children 'equality'. Congratulations to all on politics.ie who played such a central role in killing-off the vague-wording of the old amendment which would have re-created a baby-loophole in our asylum-law for the first time since the Citizenship Referendum.Originally Posted by RTE
What should happen now. One of the following:
- Either all the main parties agree to forget about this questionable proposition of holding a referendum on children's rights in the absence of wording to prevent abuse of the appeal's process by bogus asylum-seekers challenging their deportations on the basis of their having children with them in the State.
-The Government should amend the wording to prevent it being actionable in asylum-appeals cases and should then put it to a referendum.