Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Article 45.

I just had a read of Bunreacht Na hEireann — amazing what you’ll succumb to in someone else’s house when you can’t figure out how to turn on the telly.

There are two mentions of women in it, both under article 45.  Directive Principles of Social Policy.

Here they are:

2. The State shall, in particular, direct its policy towards


That the citizens (all of whom, men and women
equally, have the right to an adequate means of
livelihood) may through their occupations find the
means of making reasonable provision for their
domestic needs.

Article 45. 4.

2° The State shall endeavour to ensure that the
strength and health of workers, men and women, and
the tender age of children shall not be abused and that
citizens shall not be forced by economic necessity to
enter avocations unsuited to their sex, age or strength.

It is probably worth noting that just about every aspect of Article 45 top to bottom has been contravened under the current state of affairs and NAMA-rating.

Note loudly via a trumpet outside Dail Eireann. Article 45. 2. (three parts)

That the ownership and control of the material
resources of the community may be so distributed
amongst private individuals and the various
classes as best to subserve the common good.

That, especially, the operation of free competition
shall not be allowed so to develop as to result in
the concentration of the ownership or control of
essential commodities in a few individuals to the
common detriment.

That in what pertains to the control of credit the
constant and predominant aim shall be the
welfare of the people as a whole.

Google, wonderfully, has spelt the title wrong … as Bunreacht Na hIreann.


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