On Friday evening the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addressed the Labour Youth National Conference which was held in Kilkenny, you can read what he said in the post below.
I would like to start by taking the opportunity to welcome any of our new members who may be here tonight, and for the first time. You are joining more than a party: you are joining a movement. An ideal. An idea.
In my role as one of the Assistant Directors of Election for the Labour Party for the Children's Rights Referendum Campaign, I have been meeting and talking with a significant number of people, over the last few weeks, to encourage a yes vote.
Two weeks ago I spoke in Dublin City University, alongside Barrister Barry Fitzgerald and Law Lecturer Roderic O'Gorman about why we need to vote yes. I was struck, speaking with others after the meeting, that a lot of people do not fully understand the importance of this amendment. Furthermore, there is a worrying assumption that it will pass anyway. Something I do not think any of us should take for granted.
Today we launched our Children's Referendum campaign which is asking people to vote Yes on November 10th.
Speaking at the launch, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: "It is our tragedy, as a nation, that some of the darkest moments in our history are a direct consequence of children's interests, and children's right to be cared for and protected, being ignored. This referendum is our opportunity to right that wrong. To state clearly and unequivocally that we, the Irish people, value children and childhood."