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Paul Gilligan - Vote YES - BLOG - News - Young Fine Gael

Paul Gilligan - Vote YES - BLOG

As an advocate for human rights, children's rights and the rights of people experiencing mental health illness, I will vote YES in the forthcoming children's referendum. As, Chairman of the Children's Rights Alliance, former Chief Executive of the ISPCC, with over 20 years' experience in child protection, author of 'Keeping Your Child Safe – A Manual for Parents' and a father to two daughters, I will vote YES.

This referendum is about giving each and every child the opportunities that you would want for your own child. The clutter and misinformation surrounding this referendum is not helping because ultimately it is about valuing and protecting children. For me it is simple: anybody who values and cares about children, particularly vulnerable children, should vote YES.

Referendums by their nature cause uncertainty and confusion. For this reason it is important that we mobilise a Yes vote. It's not enough to just personally support the Children's Referendum. We need to persuade and convince others to do so. Every day, up until Saturday 10th November, we need to ask ourselves "how many votes have I secured today"?

As Chair of the Children's Rights Alliance, I've been canvassing in Sligo and Roscommon on the Yes for Children campaign bus and I've seen for myself the response on the street. While it has been overwhelmingly positive, many are still uncertain about the issues. So, it's up to us to make sure we get out there and inform our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours, because this is a once in a life time opportunity to change Irish Society for the good of children.

Paul Gilligan is Chairman of the Children's Rights Alliance who are supporting a YES vote on November 10th

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