Citizens' Assembly meets to consider 8th amendment this weekend

The group will meet in both public and private sessions

Citizens' Assembly meets to consider 8th amendment this weekend

Chairperson and Justice of the Supreme Court Mary Laffoy addressing the inaugural meeting of the Citizens' Assembly in Dublin Castle | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The Citizens' Assembly, which was set up by Government to discuss constitutional issues, is meeting this weekend to begin consideration of the 8th amendment.

The assembly will meet at the Grand Hotel in Malahide on both days.

It says this gathering is "to commence its consideration of the first item referred to it by the Dáil Resolution; the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution."

An agenda for this meeting is be circulated in advance.

The assembly will meet in both public and private session over the course of the weekend.

However, all public sessions of the assembly will be live streamed on its website.

The assembly is a body made up of the chairperson, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, and 99 citizens randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate.

It has been asked to look at:

  • the 8th amendment of the Constitution
  • how we best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population
  • fixed term parliaments
  • the manner in which referenda are held
  • how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change

The assembly held its first public meeting on Saturday October 15th.