The Ulster leg of the nationwide consultation tour on the upcoming Constitutional Convention will take place at the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan this Wednesday.
The meeting will be held at 7.30pm and will be chaired by Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD and will seek the views of party members ahead of the Convention.
Speaking in the lead up to the meeting, Mr Martin said that members’ views will be vitally important during the tour. Fianna Fáil’s Committee on Constitutional Reform will seek the input of members and citizens all across the country.
He said: “The Irish people have shown again and again that they will only consider change to their Constitution when it is given the respect it deserves and when they are fully involved in any debate on its amendment. This will be the hallmark of Fianna Fáil’s approach to the Convention.”
He continued: “The Constitution is a living document that must continue to respond to the changing realities of life in this country. For this reason, my party will be playing a very active role in the upcoming Constitutional Convention. However, the early signals from Government suggest that the opportunities that should have been presented by this review are going to be lost.”
He commented that the original idea presented by Government was that the Convention would have begun last summer and be well on the way to preparing its final report by now. Instead, he said; “there has been an on-going delay and it now has a severely limited agenda. In an extraordinary move, the Government is refusing to let a Convention on the constitutional future of this country even discuss whether we have a second chamber in parliament.”
Mr Martin concluded by saying: “If we learn nothing else from the crisis that the country is going through, we must learn that our political system requires systematic reform. Fianna Fáil will be bringing forward detailed proposals for such reform and we are calling on Government to allow such proposals be considered in the context of the Constitutional Convention. I look forward to the discussion and input from our members at tonight’s meeting.”