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'Guiding support for family carers'

On March 8th 2024, the Irish public will be asked to vote on two key ammendments to our Constitution. 

The family amendment, the 39th Amendment of the Constitution, proposes to amend Article 41.1.1 to insert the words “whether founded on marriage or on other durable relationships”. It also proposes the deletion of the words “on which the family is founded” from Article 41.3.1.

The care amendment, the 40th amendment, proposes to delete Article 41.2 from the Constitution and insert an Article 42B with the following wording: 

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.

Care Alliance Ireland are supportive of a Yes vote in both referendums. However, we are not campaigning for a specific outcome. 

On this page, you can read our work to date on this topic, and view videos of our Senior Policy & Research Officer Zoe speaking to the Citizens Assembly and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality on this issue. In the lead up to the referendums we will periodically update this page to include information on both a 'No' and 'Yes' vote, specifically as they may impact family carers in Ireland. 

We are also hosting a repository of links to news and information articles across both sides of the debate as part of our Research & Policy Repository here

We encourage all of those elligible to vote to check their local electoral register and ensure they are registered to vote, regardless of your preferred outcome. You can do so here

Our Work To Date

Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality - March 2020

Zoe Hughes (Senior Policy & Research Officer) input to the Citizens Assembly - January 2021 (YouTube)

Care Alliance Ireland Comments on the Recommendations of the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality - May 2021

Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality - March 2022

Care Alliance Ireland Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality - June 2022

Zoe Hughes (Senior Policy & Research Officer) speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality - June 2022 (Oireachtas TV - video starts at 41.50)

Care Alliance Ireland Supporting a YesYes Vote (Informational document) - February 2024

Links to other information 

Official YesYes Campaign Website

Family Carers Ireland

One Family

Electoral Commission Offical Website for Impartial Information