The Government has been urged to ask the Constitutional Convention to consider granting equal access to healthcare, housing and an adequate income.

The call for economic and social rights to be included on the convention's agenda comes from more than 20 human rights organisations.

Amnesty International's Colm O'Gorman said a recent Red C poll found four out of five people said the convention should examine how the Constitution could protect the rights to adequate housing and to equal access to healthcare.

Meanwhile, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has asked officials to lead an inter-departmental study of whether there could be greater linkage and consistency in how different Government departments help families with children with disabilities.

It is expected to be completed in the autumn.

Ms Burton also announced that the working group that will conduct her promised review of the Domiciliary Care Allowance will include three representatives from key non-governmental organisations representing parents and guardians of children who are in receipt of the allowance.

It will begin its work next month.

Welcoming the announcement, the Carers Association appealed to the minister to restore allowances to families who have been deprived of them since January.