Burton calls for regular Constitutional Convention

Monday 21 July 2014 17.10
Joan Burton made her comments in a speech at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties
Joan Burton made her comments in a speech at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for the Constitutional Convention to become a regular feature of public life, meeting every five or ten years.

In a speech to the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Ms Burton said the convention could regularly review the Constitution in a methodical way to allow the public to have its say.

She said the convention was a Labour Party idea and it had set out the template of how to review the Constitution in a careful, deliberative and democratic manner.

The Constitutional Convention met several times last year and recommended holding referendums on marriage equality, reviewing the voting age and reducing the age of Presidential candidates. These will be voted on in 2015.