South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has become the only TD to call for a No vote in Saturday’s children’s referendum.
He says passing the referendum will just give more power to the state, the courts and their agents.
He says the state should be spending money on protecting children rather than on a referendum.
The proposed amendment undermines the family, he claims.
The Independent TD says -
“Having considered the Children’s referendum very carefully, I have decided that I will be voting No this Saturday.
I believe that the State and its agents already have sufficient powers when it comes to the care of Children. In my opinion, the proposed amendment undermines “the family” and if the State are seriously concerned about protecting children’s rights, they should be putting more and more resources in to protect and support vulnerable children and their parents rather than wasting resources on a referendum.
Recent evidence of cases involving the care of Children that I have come across in my office in the last few weeks have also led me to the conclusion that the state will not always make the best decisions when it comes to the care of children and that parents rights should certainly not be undermined/removed in anyway.
What is needed is more resources to support and protect vulnerable children.
Passing a referendum will not give us more resources but will just give more power to the state, the courts and their agents.”