The Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the clause in the Constitution that emphasises the place of women in the home.

Delegates voted in favour of amending article 41.2 by 88% to 12%.

Article 41.2 reads: "In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.

"The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home."

In another vote, 97% of delegates said they would like to see more Government action to encourage greater participation of women in politics and public life.

The votes were taken during a second weekend meeting of the convention in Dublin.