Convention votes to strengthen economic rightsSunday 23 February 2014 19.05
The Constitutional Convention has overwhelmingly endorsed holding a referendum to strengthen the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural rights.
It proposed an amendment obliging the State to progressively realise such rights, subject to maximum available resources.
It stipulated that the rights should be enforceable by the Courts.
A new Constitutional right to a home was one of the rights endorsed by the Convention who were told that this year.
There has been a doubling in the number of families becoming homeless each month.
This was despite what was described as a huge political commitment on all sides of the Dáil to tackle the crisis.
Rights that the Convention sad should be inserted include housing, social security, essential health care, rights of people with disabilities and linguistic and cultural rights.