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Ireland set to pass amendment on children's rights

8:33 AM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
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DUBLIN (AP) - Government officials say an amendment to insert stronger rights for children into Ireland's constitution is set to be approved with an approximately 60 percent "yes" vote. 

Officials citing a mix of official, unofficial and exit-poll data say only about one-third of registered voters participated in Saturday's referendum. Full official results are expected later Sunday. 

The proposed amendment would allow legislators to pass laws making it easier for Irish children to be adopted, for courts to remove children from abusive homes and for children to testify in court. 

Analysts say the surprisingly high "no" vote reflects anti-government feeling and a surprise Supreme Court ruling last week.

The ruling found that the government's widely distributed information booklet on the children's rights amendment was biased and violated referendum law. 

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