Constitutional Reform
Labour Party Manifesto

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A living, breathing constitution that reflects modern values

We will continue to seek the permission of the people to make changes to Bunreacht na h√Čireann that will enhance their rights.

During the last five years we put a series of referendums before the people of Ireland; on marriage equality, Oireachtas committees, the future of Seanad √Čireann, judicial pay, the creation of a new Court of Appeal, the rights of children, and the age of presidential candidates.

Our plan for the next five years:

Initiate and support referendums to:

  • Repeal the 8th Amendment
  • Enhance the quality of our democracy
  • Modernise the reference to a woman's place in the home

We also plan to:

  • Put to the constitutional convention the issues of end of life matters; the place of faith in the constitution; and allowing for positive discrimination to combat inequality for people with disabilities
  • Further empower the convention to decide on whether the constitution should recognise the state's role as guardian of the environment, our heritage and our natural resources, including the public water supply
  • Establish an independent expert panel to assess the impact of putting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into the Constitution before holding a vote