Article 41.2 has been of value to mothers and will be cited in an appeal to the Supreme Court in April by a mother who is seeking the full carer’s allowance, without it being means tested. So why is the Government rushing to have the referenda passed before this appeal is heard?
The late Mr Justice Brian Walsh believed Art 41.2 should be retained "because it imposes an obligation on the State to do something in this particular area. There's no point in relieving the State of an obligation which the Constitution imposes on it."
The Government must be worried that the referenda may fail when it's already resorting to bullying NGOs which it largely funds even before the Electoral Commission is up and running.
It's just too easy to fall in with the prevailing narrative that this sub-section of Art 41 consigns women to "duties in the home".
"The gender equality referendum is likely to be held in November and will focus on amending the Constitution to 'enshrine gender equality'.." But what does that actually mean and will it benefit women - or men?
Thread from 6th May 2022 The Report of the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality includes "gender identity" in its definition of gender; and it's the Citizens Assembly report which informs