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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

IOL: Immigrant Council slams proposed citizenship referendum

IOL: Immigrant Council slams proposed citizenship referendum

Immigrant Council slams proposed citizenship referendum
19/05/2004 - 11:28:14

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has claimed that the Government’s proposed changes to citizenship laws would have a profoundly negative impact on the lives of children.

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, the chairperson of the council, said the proposed citizenship referendum would create two classes of children in Ireland, with their legal position determined by the status or actions of their parents.

She said this would recreate the situation of almost 20 years ago when the children of unmarried parents were treated as second-class citizens.

The Immigrant Council is calling for a "no" vote in the referendum and has the support of former US Congressman Bruce Morrison, who believes the proposed constitutional amendment would be counter to the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.



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