On 27th February 2018, the ESC Rights Initiative wrote to John McGuinness TD, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, to submit a working paper on the matter of the Government response to
the Eighth Report of the Convention on the Constitution (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights).
In 2014 the Convention on the Constitution undertook a full examination of economic, social and cultural human rights protection in Bunreacht Na hEireann and concluded (in its report of March 2015) by a large majority (85%) ‘favouring changes to the Constitution in order to strengthen the protection of economic, social and cultural rights.
It is now the initiative understanding, from statements made by members of government that government intends to carry through on its commitment to the Constitutional Convention by referring the Eighth Report to the Joint Committee
Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach.
In light of this situation a submission to this Committee in the belief that it
will be given due consideration.