The Cabinet signed off on the final wording this morning

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Referendums on constitutional references to family and care will be held on March 8th, 2024 – which is International Women’s Day.

The Cabinet signed off on the final wording this morning which will amend Article 41 of the Constitution to provide for a wider concept of Family.

These referendums were initially believed to have been held last month, but there were delays in the proposed wording.

But the Cabinet met this morning at Government Buildings and finalised exactly what the public will be voting.

It approved proposals for two referendums which will, amend Article 41 of the Constitution; and delete Article 41.2 of the Constitution to remove text on the role of women in the home, and insert a new Article 42B to recognise family care.

Both come after recommendations were made by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the constitution should be updated to reflect changing times:

“Our constitution says that at least in the meaning of the constitution a family can only be a family if it’s based on marriage and in many ways our society has moved on a lot from that as Minister Foley said we are playing constitutional catch up.”