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Test Meeting on Article 41 of the Constitution

The Assembly met online on 13th February. This meeting will focus on Article 41 of the Irish Constitution.

The focus of the day will be on agreeing a draft ballot paper on the Constitution for voting in April. In light of this, most of the day will be spent in private discussions amongst the members.

The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Saturday's Proceedings

Please note that the information in the presentations and papers and its interpretation is based on the specialist expertise of the speakers who are independent of the Assembly and its Chair and Secretariat. 

Morning Session

Dr Catherine Day opened the morning session 

The Chair's opening remarks can be watched here.

Dr Catherine Day, Chair of the Citizens' Assembly 

Dr Catherine Day delivered two presentations to the Assembly in advance of the meeting.

Dr Catherine Day delivered her 1st presentation on 'Path to Recommendations', which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation & transcript.

Dr Catherine Day followed up with a 2nd presentation on 'the February meeting'. Her video presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation & transcript.

Dr Tom Hickey, DCU

Dr Tom Hickey delivered his presentation on 'The Irish Constitution', which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Members also re-watched Dr Tom Hickey delivered his presentation on 'Article 41 - the Constitution & Family' which was originally shown at the first Meeting, February 2020.  

Dr Laura Cahillane, University of Limerick

Dr Laura Cahillane delivered her presentation on Article 41.2, which was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Professor Siobhan Mullally, Director Irish Centre of Human Rights, NUIG

Members re-watched Prof Siobhan Mullally delivered her presentation on 'The Family in the Constitution and the Law',which was originally shown at the first Meeting February 2020 and was accompanied by a slideshow presentation.

Lived Experiences

Members also re-watched the 'Lived Experiences' video delivered at the first meeting, February 2020, this can be viewed here.

List of speakers below

  • Adele O'Connor - Mother 
  • Paula Fagan - CEO LGBT Ireland 
  • Dave Saunders - Father
10:15 am - Add the below 2 lines to the live site @10:15am. 

The citizens have now moved into their breakout groups

More information to follow 

Afternoon Session

The citizens spent the afternoon in both plenary and breakout groups private sessions.

Citizens also received a paper on 'Submissions received on Article 41 of the Constitution' prepared by Dr Pauline Cullen.

Dr Catherine Day concluded the Constitution meeting

The Chair’s closing remarks can be viewed here. 

Dr Catherine Day provided a feedback video from breakout discussion groups

The Chair's feedback video is available here.