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Referendum Is A Recipe For Chaos And Uncertainty With Senator Michael McDowell

Niall Boylan | February 21, 2024
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    Referendum Is A Recipe For Chaos And Uncertainty With Senator Michael McDowell
    Niall Boylan

In this interview, Niall engages in a deep dive with Michael McDowell, Independent Senator for NUI Merrion Sq and Senior Counsel, about the impending referendum on Article 41 and why McDowell advocates for a “no” vote while urging others to do the same.

McDowell’s stance is informed by his comprehensive analysis of the proposed amendments, as outlined in his recent article. He elucidates the potential ramifications of the referendum, contending that it is a recipe for chaos and uncertainty. McDowell challenges the purported necessity of the amendments, highlighting the existing legal avenues through which rights for single parents and cohabitants can be addressed without constitutional amendments.

The discussion delves into the intricacies of the proposed changes, particularly the implications of extending the constitutional definition of family to encompass “other durable relationships.” McDowell raises pertinent questions about the practicality and coherence of such a redefinition, emphasizing the potential pitfalls and complexities that may arise in its implementation.

Through his expertise as a legal scholar and lawmaker, McDowell provides invaluable insights into the legal, social, and practical implications of the proposed amendments. As the referendum date approaches, his perspective offers listeners a nuanced understanding of the issues at hand and encourages critical reflection on the proposed changes to Ireland’s constitution.

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