We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the Government to create a Constitutional Convention that is:

PARTICIPATIVE

The Government should foster national ownership of the Constitutional Convention from the outset by setting it up through a process that is open, participative, inclusive and transparent.

Sufficient resources should be made available to facilitate widespread and meaningful consultation with, education of, and participation by members of the public, civil society and other interested stakeholders.

An open and transparent appointments process should ensure that membership of the Convention is balanced, representative and facilitates meaningful input by civil society organisations and those on the margins of society.

INCLUSIVE

A range of civic education measures should be undertaken to inform members of the public about the role, scope and potential outcome of the Constitutional Convention.

National and local media, civil society organisations, community networks and information technology should be utilised to ensure the widest possible access and participation by the public is achieved.

Widespread and comprehensive consultation should be undertaken with members of the public, the Diaspora and civil society organisations to facilitate meaningful engagement with the process and the issues for discussion.

Facilitating meaningful input by civil society organisations, particularly on issues of direct concern to their members, must be a priority for the Constitutional Convention throughout the process.

MEANINGFUL

Knowledge and experience, which would benefit the Convention in its deliberations, should be drawn from as wide a pool of experts as possible including from the legal, academic, political and community sectors.

The list of topics presented by the Government should be expanded. The opportunity afforded by the convention to exploreother potential issues for reform in relation to the Constitution should not be lost, including issues of electoral reform, equality, the family, and economic, social and cultural rights.

Members of the public should be provided with an opportunity to consider the recommendations of the convention and to provide feedback.

SIGNED

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Adoption Rights Alliance

Africa Centre

AIDS Partnership with Africa

Amnesty International

Anchor Treatment Centre Ltd

Atheist Ireland

Carers Belfast Branch

Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups

Childfund Ireland

Claiming Our Future

Clare Active Citizenship Network

Co Wicklow Community Forum

Co Wicklow Network for Older People

Coeliac Society of Ireland

Comber Foundation

Comhlámh

Community Action Network

Community Knowledge Initiative,
NUI Galway

Community Workers Cooperative

Concern

D8CEC -Dublin 8 Community
Education Centre

Disability Federation of Ireland

Dóchas

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, Sligo, Leitrim & West Cavan

Dual Diagnosis Ireland

European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN)

FLAC

GLEN

Global NGO Centres

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Deaf Society

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Gerontological Society

Irish Heart Foundation

Irish Hospice Foundation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Traveller Movement

Justice for Magdalenes

Kerry Parents & Friends Association

Kilmuckridge Memorial Hall Community Enterprise Ltd

L'Arche Ireland

MLD Ireland

Mulhuddart/Corduff Community Drug Team Ltd

Nagle Centre

NASC

National Traveller MABS

National Traveller
Women's Forum

National Women's Council of Ireland

North & East Cork County Citizens Information Service

Northside Centre for the Unemployed

Northside Community Law
and Mediation Centre

One Family

OPEN

OWN Ireland

Oxfam

Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Real Republic

Rural Community Network

Second Republic

Senior Help Line

Slí Eile Support Services Ltd

South West Kerry Women's Association

St Dominics Community Response Project

Swan Youth Service

TENI

The Integration Centre

The Wheel

Transparency International

Treoir

Voluntary Arts Ireland

Walk With You

Whitebarn Consulting

Youth Work Ireland

Youth Work Ireland Cork

INDIVIDUAL SIGNATORIES

Fergus O'Ferrall

Kathleen Lynch

Helen Ó Murchú

Kevin Rafter

Brian Harvey

Fiona de Londras

HEAR OUR VOICES IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE IRISH COUNCIL FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (ICCL), IRELAND’S INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHDOG, WORKING TO ENSURE THAT THE VOICES OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS WILL BE HEARD IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY DURING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION PROCESS. THE ICCL IS A NON-PARTY POLITICAL, NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION THAT RECEIVES NO STATE FUNDING.

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