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Fine Gael TD for Cork East, David Stanton has urged everyone in East Cork to vote Yes in the Children’s Referendum on November 10th to help protect vulnerable children from harm.

“Everyone agrees that the family home is the best place for children. But in a small number of cases, this is unfortunately not the case, and children can be at risk in their own home. This referendum sets out how the State can intervene in exceptional cases where there is clear evidence of abuse to help these children and act in their best interests. The proposed amendment also clearly states that any action must be proportionate to the risks of the child. It will mean we will be able to support families at an early stage to help keep children in the home and out of care.

“Many people are unaware that under our existing law, children can be treated differently in adoption, depending on the marital status of their parents. By voting ‘Yes’ you can ensure that all children are treated equally in adoption, and given the same chance to live in a safe and loving home. This will also help children stuck in limbo in long-term foster care, who want to be adopted but are restricted by the current system.

“After 17 reports on child protection failings over the last 20 years, we now all have a chance to make a difference on Saturday November 10th and vote Yes to protect children and support families. I’m asking everyone across East Cork to play their part and make their voice heard.”

“Students and other groups have long campaigned for referendums and elections to be held on a Saturday; so now is their time to make sure their voices are heard. By voting Yes on November 10th you can help to ensure that children at risk are protected from harm. This is our chance to make a clear statement about how we value our children.