- Aug 27, 2009
The referendum's been called for Yes at 58% with 33.5% turning out, the lowest since 1996's bail vote. Only 3 areas voted no;Donegal North East, Donegal South West and Dublin West.
“This Government has a deep commitment to families and children. The passing of this amendment will help make childhood a good, secure and loving space for all our children,” he said. “It will also give hope, reassurance and confidence to parents, foster parents and vulnerable children.”
The question now is what legislative steps will follow this? The Yes side have been talking about reforming welfare and adoption law, but how much impact do people expect to see? Or is this simply a small (necessary) alteration that will be realised in a very limited number of family law cases?Earlier, the editor of Alive magazine, Fr Brian McKevitt, who campaigned for a No vote, said he accepted the democratic decision of the people.