Galwegians are being urged to ‘check the register’ and make sure they are eligible to vote in the upcoming Children’s Referendum.
There is just over a week left for members of the public to add their names to the supplementary register and anyone in doubt as to whether they are already registered can log on to www.checktheregister.ie or contact their local authority. The deadline for filing an application is 23 October.
Fine Gael Galway West Deputy Brian Walsh is has urged all Galway residents to vote Yes in the referendum on 10 November and “help protect vulnerable children from harm”.
“Students and other groups have long campaigned for referendums and elections to be held on a Saturday so now is their time to make sure their voices are heard. By voting Yes on 10 November, you can help to ensure that children at risk are protected from harm. This is our chance to make a clear statement about how we value our children,” he said.
Deputy Walsh continued to say that the referendum sets out how the State can intervene in exceptional cases where there is clear evidence of abuse in the home and help these children.
“The proposed amendment also clearly states that any action must be proportionate to the risks of the child. It will mean we will be able to support families at an early stage to help keep children in the home and out of care,” he explained.
“Many people are unaware that under our existing law, children can be treated differently in adoption, depending on the marital status of their parents. By voting Yes, you can ensure that all children are treated equally in adoption and given the same chance to live in a safe and loving home. This will also help children stuck in limbo in long-term foster care, who want to be adopted but are restricted by the current system.”