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Article 42B is a proposed amendment to the Irish Constitution. It states: “The State recognises that the provision of care, by members of a family to one another by reason of the bonds that exist among them, gives to society a support without which the common good cannot be achieved, and shall strive to support such provision.”
The purpose of Article 42B is to formally acknowledge the vital role of family carers in Irish society. It aims to ensure that the state supports those who provide family care, recognising the invaluable contribution of family carers to society.
Bunreacht na hÉireann (the Irish Constitution) is the fundamental legal document that sets out how Ireland should be governed and the rights of Irish citizens. Constitutional recognition formally acknowledges the vital role of family carers, potentially leading to more substantial and effective support from the State. It also establishes the foundation for future legislation focused on improving support and recognition for family carers.
Family Carers Ireland is advocating for a 'Yes' vote as we believe the amendment will strengthen the recognition and support of family carers. It is a significant step in acknowledging and valuing the essential role of family carers in society.
The amendment is expected to lead to better support and recognition of family carers. This could include more substantial legal and policy frameworks to support family carers, potentially leading to improved access to services, financial support, and recognition of carers' rights.
“Strive to support” indicates a commitment by the State to actively work towards providing practical and legislative support to family carers.
The amendment will not immediately change existing laws and policies, but it is expected to influence future legislation and policymaking to be more inclusive and supportive of family carers’ needs and rights.
Family carers today face numerous challenges, including financial strain, lack of formal recognition, limited access to supports and services, and emotional and physical burnout. Their work often goes unrecognised despite saving the state an estimated €20bn annually.
The amendment will enhance public recognition of caring as a vital societal role, leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the role of family carers. It highlights care as a vital contribution to society, rather than an invisible or undervalued task.
It may lead to a more equitable sharing of caring roles; recognising and supporting both male and female family carers.
A 'No' vote would mean the continuation of the status quo, where the state does not have a constitutional obligation to recognise and support family care. This may impact the development of policies and supports specifically tailored for family carers.
The referendum is scheduled to take place on Friday, 8th March.
You can participate by voting ‘Yes’ in the referendum and encouraging others to also vote Yes by raising awareness and engaging in discussions to support the amendment.
Every Irish citizen who is 18 years of age or older on the day of the referendum and whose name appears on the electoral register is eligible to vote.
You can check if you're registered to vote by visiting the Check the Register website or contacting your local authority's franchise section. It's important to verify your registration well before the referendum to ensure your eligibility to vote.
If you're not registered or need to update your details, you can do so by completing the relevant forms available online or at your local authority office.
The result of a referendum is determined by a simple majority. If more than half of the votes are in favour, the proposal is passed. Otherwise, it is rejected.
If the referendum is passed, the proposed change is signed into law by the President.