Public debate a vital part of constitutional reform process

Constitutional reform is a valuable opportunity for public debate on the sort of society and values citizens aspire to. By Peader Kirby and Mary P. Murphy.

The March 2011 Programme for Government promised a constitutional convention “to consider comprehensive constitutional reform” and to report within 12 months. Yet the virtual silence on the idea in the intervening period sends signals that rewriting our Constitution is seen as being of little importance to government and opposition alike.