New Report - The Irish Children’s Rights Referendum

Date: 7th November 2018
Category: General measures of implementation


Together is pleased to share this report produced by Camilla Bonifai, Together’s work-based placement student from the University of Edinburgh, which explores the Irish Children’s Rights Referendum.

The report provides an overview of how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been implemented into Irish law and critically examines the extent to which Ireland is meeting its child rights obligations as outlined by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The report explores the legal and socio-political landscape in Ireland before and after the 2012 referendum which resulted in the incorporation of a specific, limited set of children’s rights within Ireland’s Constitution.

After analysing factors that led to this Constitutional change, the report considers the impact of the legislative development on children and young people’s lives and the implications for the future of children’s right law in Ireland. It also offers a comparative analysis with the legal landscape in Scotland and key learnings to be considered within the Scottish context.