Referendum copies to be pulped after right to life error –
SOME 30,000 printed copies of the children’s rights referendum Bill will have to be pulped after a misprint suggested the proposed constitutional amendment related to the article protecting the right to life.
The copies erroneously stating an amendment to article 40 of the Constitution was proposed were sent to post offices across the country so they could be made available to members of the public.
Article 40 is of particular concern to anti-abortion campaigners because it contains a statement that the State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn.
The referendum actually proposes to insert article 42A, entitled Children, into the Constitution, aiming to protect children at risk and make it easier for the children of married parents to be adopted.
A spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment confirmed that about 30,000 copies of the Bill containing the misprint had been distributed after a “limited” print run took place.
“There was an issue and the printers will rectify the situation as soon as possible. The correct version of the Bill will be circulated to all post offices in the coming days,” she said.
The spokeswoman insisted there would be no cost to the taxpayer and said new versions would be produced “at the printer’s expense”.
She said the error was in the title page and the text of the Bill was correct, while the correct version was available to view on the Oireachtas website.
Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh, a long-time “pro-life” campaigner, said he had been contacted by people who spotted the error. “It certainly caused alarm, particularly among people who would be concerned about amendments being made to article 40,” said Mr Walsh.
However, he accepted the error was an “honest mistake”.
Posted on October 25, 2012, in Crime, Government, National Politics and tagged Bill, Constitutional amendment, Fianna Fáil, Frances Fitzgerald, Irish, Irish News, Jim Walsh, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.