Motion: 02. The Extension of the Right to Party Membership for those Under 16 Years of Age
Motion
Motion Title The Extension of the Right to Party Membership for those Under 16 Years of Age
Branch Galway East
Address To Conference
Motion

Amend the Members article 4.1 in the Constitution from ‘Any person 16 years of age and over may be a member of the Party provided:’ to ‘Any person may be a member of the Party provided:’

Append the following to the above mentioned article: ‘The National Executive, having due regard both for the objective of the party being an inclusive environment for people of all ages and for the requirements of child protection, may set a minimum age limit for membership; such limit shall not exceed 15 years.

Amendments to Motion

Amendment Proposed by the National Executive:

Replace the Motion with ‘Consideration of this issue be postponed and included in the deliberations of the Constitutional Review.’.

Background

I have been involved in the party since May 2018, however, despite me going to as many meetings as I could, I was unable to become a member due to my age. After being involved in the party for 11 months, I officially became a member on my 16th birthday. I often felt disenfranchised from the party, and I don’t believe anyone else should feel the same way.