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Fine Gael vote yes yes campaign

Vote Yes

FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH

  • Modernise our Constitution with a more inclusive concept of Family
  • Remove outdated language referring to a woman’s life within the home
  • Recognise the care and support which family members provide to each other
  • Require that the State shall strive to support family care

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Referendum on the Family

Vote Yes

You are being asked to vote yes to recognise that families in Ireland are based on marriage and other lasting, durable relationships other than marriage. One parent families, families where grandparents are raising their grandchildren and co-habiting couples do not currently have constitutional protection.

This amendment will recognise these families, something which society and statute already does. The Constitution will continue to protect both the family and the Institution of Marriage.

Why is this change important?

  • 1. In daily life, we recognise that one parent families and co-habiting couples and their children are families, the Constitution needs to catch up with this.
  • 2. To bring more families under the protection of our Constitution.
  • 3. To recognise and respect the equal importance of one parent families, cohabiting couples, and their children with married families
  • 4. Because it is the right and fair thing to do.

Why Is This Important


We are asking you to VOTE YES to this amendment on Friday, March 8th. Let’s show all children and families in Ireland that the Constitution values and protects them.

To achieve this, we will

  • A) Vote Yes to add the following text to Article 41.1.1. [underlined below] This will make it read: "The state recognises the family. whether founded on marriage or on other durable relationships, as the natural, primary, and fundamental group in society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law."
  • B) Vote Yes to delete some text from Article 41.3.1. [in brackets below] It will then read: "The state pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of marriage (on which the family is founded) and to protect it against attack."

Referendum on Care

Vote Yes

You are being asked to vote yes to recognise care within the family in our Constitution, whether it’s in the home or not, and to give it constitutional protection for the first time. It will also recognise that both women and men contribute to that care.

Why is this change important?

  • 1. To recognise that both women and men have a role in offering care within families.
  • 2. To give constitutional recognition to care for the first time.
  • 3. To put an onus on this Government and future Governments to continue to improve care.
  • 4. Because it is the right and fair thing to do.

Why Is This Important


We are asking you to VOTE YES to this amendment on Friday, March 8th. Let’s show those involved in family care that the Constitution values and protects them.

To achieve this, we will

  • A) Vote Yes to delete Articles 41.2.1 & 41.2.2. which read as follows: "In particular, the state recognises that by her life within the home, women give to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved." And "The state shall therefore endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home."
  • B) Vote Yes to insert a new Article 42B. that reads as follows: "The state recognises that the provision of care, by members of a family to one another by reason of the bonds that exist among them, gives to society a support without which the common good cannot be achieved, and shall strive to support such provision."