Children No Longer Have A Constitutional Right to Irish Citizenship

EXHIBITION : IMMIGRATION THE CHANGING FACE OF IRELAND

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Campaigners for a 'No' vote in the referendum have expressed disappointment with the result and have called for wide ranging consultation, before legislation is drawn up.

  • Title
    Campaigners For A No Vote In Referendum Disappointed
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/06/2004
  • Contributor
    Vivienne Traynor (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:31
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Children No Longer Have A Constitutional Right to Irish Citizenship
  • Extended description

    On 11 June 2004 a referendum on Irish citizenship took place in Ireland.

    The 27th Amendment to the Constitution provided that children who were born in Ireland to non-national parents would no longer have an automatic right to citizenship of the Republic of Ireland.

    79% of votes supported the change to the constitution meaning that children born in the Republic of Ireland to non-Irish nationals will no longer have a constitutional right to Irish citizenship. The government had campaiged for a 'yes' vote in the referendum.

    The Immigrant Council wants a forum on immigration to be set up immediately to examine all issues arising, while the Alliance for Children's Rights has said the government must now honour commitments made during the campaign to protect the rights of all children.

    Filipino immigrants Arnel Kidpalos and Jim Cortez, both nurses, talk about their disappointment with the result of the referendum. Ray Dooley of the Children's Rights Alliance and Denise Charlton of the Immigrant Council stress the need for reform and legislation.

    The referendum was held on 11 June 2004 and was signed into law on 24 June 2004.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on the 27th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. Members of immigrant communities and immigration workers respond to the referendum result.

    This RTÉ News report by Vivienne Traynor was broadcast on 13 June 2004.

  • Local keywords
    Immigration, Immigrant Council, Alliance of Children's Rights, Filipino, Arnel Kidpalos, Jim Cortez, Ray Dooley, Children's Rights Alliance, Denise Charlton, Immigrant Council, Referendum, Citizenship
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2004
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN04/165
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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