website up Welcome to the Citizens' Assembly - pTools starts tmw
Seanad Éireann - 15/Jul/2016 PreludeCitizens’ Assembly to consider the following matters and to make such recommendations as it sees fit and report to the Houses of the Oireachtas:(i) the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution;notes that:
(ii) how we best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population;
(iii) fixed term parliaments; and
(iv) the manner in which referenda are held; and
(v) how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change; and- membership of the Assembly will consist of 100 persons as follows:
- a Chairperson to be appointed by the Government; and
- 99 citizens entitled to vote at a referendum, randomly selected so as to be broadly representative of Irish society;
Agenda for first meeting http://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Me...al-Meeting.pdf which is just an introduction/planning for further work
Submissions are now invited on the first topic the Assembly will consider, the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. http://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Submissions/
FAQ http://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Resource-Area/FAQ/ more documents and answer to follow after first meetings
http://www.citizensassembly.ie/en/Ne...ia-Notice.htmlThe Assembly will meet again on November 25th in the Grand Hotel in Malahide, at which time it will commence its consideration of the first item referred to it by the Dáil Resolution; the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
The Assembly will be calling for submissions from representative groups, citizen organisations and members of the public outlining their views in advance of Assembly meetings and these submissions will help to form the work programme for the debate. The Chairperson of the Assembly will put in place an Expert Panel on each of these topics. The Panel will reflect different views on the issues to be considered by the Assembly in a balanced way. The membership of the Expert Panel is likely to change depending on the topic and will be approved by the Steering Group, comprised of Assembly members. The Assembly members will deliberate on the each of the topics as outlined and any other matters that may be referred to it. Their conclusions on each topic will form the basis of individual reports and recommendations that will be submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
It is expected that the Assembly will consider the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution over a series of meetings and that the subsequent report on the Eighth Amendment would be submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas in the first half of 2017.
Who are the Members - pTools RED C selection methodology https://t.co/WGOaLXo312How were the citizen members selected?
Following a public tendering process, Red C Research and Marketing Ltd were engaged to select the 99 citizen members of the Assembly.
The members were recruited in September and October 2016. The members were chosen at random and are broadly representative of demographic variables as reflected in the Census. The quotas each interviewer had to reach in the district electoral division (DED) they were allocated to were based on the following demographic variables: gender, age and social class.
Interviewers recruited participants by cold calling door-to-door to households. Interviewers selected a start address at random within the area allocated to them. They then tried to complete interviews at every nth house within that specific location. Within each household a random selection process was used to identify the person to try and recruit if more than one person was available.
Direct applications from members of the public to take part in the Assembly were not accepted. Similarly, interviewers were not allowed to recruit friends or family together.
Further details on the methodology used to identify the members is available here.
A booklet was prepared for potential members to provide further advice on what is involved in being a Member, which is available to view here.