Fine Gael Cork North West TD Michael Creed, has urged everyone across Cork North West to make sure that they are registered to vote in the Children’s Referendum on Saturday, November 10th. If you are not registered to vote, you have until October 23rd to add you name to the Supplementary Register.
“This will be one of the most important referendums in the history of the State, and I am urging everyone in Cork North West to make sure they will be able to make their voice heard. Having the Children’s Referendum on a Saturday will make it easier for lots of groups – such as students and those working irregular hours – to cast their ballot. I’m also encouraging families to make the most of Saturday polling and make sure everyone in your home who is entitled to vote does so.
“If you are not already registered to vote, it’s important to add your name to the Supplementary Register before October 23rd. You can check if you are on the register through Cork County Council or on www.checktheregister.ie. You can also pick up or download an application form for the Supplementary Register from the same sources. It’s a good idea to bring some ID when you go to get your form signed in the presence of a member of the Gardaí.
“By voting Yes on November 10th, you can play your part in helping us to protect children and support families. For too long the best interests of the child have been an after though in this country. This Referendum is almost 20 years in waiting; after 17 reports on child protection failings now is your chance to make a difference to how children are treated in Ireland.
“The Referendum clearly sets out how the State can intervene, in exceptional cases, when children are being neglected and abused. It will enable family support services to offer early supports to keep children in the home and out of care. By voting Yes, you will also allow the Government to address gaps in our adoption laws, ensuring every child is given the same opportunity to live in a safe and happy home.
“I believe we all have an opportunity on Saturday November 10th, to make a statement about ourselves as a nation, to show we have learnt from past failings, and to recognise children in their own right to ensure their protection and safety. And I’m urging every voter across Cork North West to play their part and get to a ballot box on November 10th.”