Scanlon raises concerns over membership of Citizens’ Assembly

A Sligo Leitrim TD has raised concern about the representation from the north west region on the Citizen’s Assembly.

The Assembly already held its inaugural meeting in October to discuss the future of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which underpins Ireland’s abortion laws.

A group of 99 citizens were randomly selected through an independent polling company.

The Assembly is chaired by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy and is due to meet again on the 26th of November.

Speaking in the Dail yesterday evening however, Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon outlined some concern about the representation from this region:

The Taoiseach says that the process of choosing people was transparent and independent.

He told the Dail that the way the people were selected is fair but cannot guarantee county representation:

However, the first meeting of the Assembly held in mid-October confirmed that submissions are being sought from the public in all counties including Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

People can submit their views on the 8th Amendment before the 16th of December online at or by post to Citizens Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.