Strong welcome for Citizens’ Assembly Recommendations – Referendum must follow swiftly

April 23, 2017

The Social Democrats welcome today’s votes by the Citizens’ Assembly.

Social Democrats co-leaders, Catherine Murphy TD and Róisín Shortall TD, said: “Today’s votes by the Citizens’ Assembly show that there is a very clear mandate for far reaching legal reform to allow for abortion on a range of grounds.

“We have long believed that the Constitution is not the place to deal with the complex issue of abortion. The Social Democrats strongly welcome the clear decision of the Assembly for a change in the status quo, and the clear recommendation for Constitutional change to ensure that the issue can now be dealt with by the legislature.”

Deputy Murphy is a member of the Special Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution set up to consider the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations and report its own recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Deputy Murphy added: “The Assembly has given a very comprehensive guide to the Oireachtas on the circumstances in which abortion should be made legally available in Ireland. I will be urging my fellow members of the Oireachtas Committee to complete discussion of the report of the Assembly quickly. The Government should also give a commitment now to an early referendum in light of the Assembly’s recommendations.

“We would like to thank the members of the Citizens’ Assembly and the secretariat for the care and attention they brought to the very significant work over the last number of months deliberating on this important issue.”


23rd April 2017