Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made a solemn promise to Students.
The Taoiseach vowed to take their concerns about the upcoming abortion referendum into accounts when choosing a date for the vote.
According to Varadkar, the Irish Government are planning a referendum in May or June 2018.
If a referendum on the Eighth Amendment did not take place before the summer it would happen in the latter part of the year to coincide with the college calendar giving students the opportunity to have their say.
On his first official visit to Northern Ireland, in the Great Hall in Queens UniversityBelfast, Varadkar was asked about the abortion referendum.
Questions from Queens University Student’s Union pressed the Taoiseach on the timing of the referendum and ensuring students were not disenfranchised in the process.
“I definitely take the point and get the message that young people would like to have a referendum at a time that they are in the country so they can fully participate. So we will absolutely take that into account in setting a date.”
The Taoiseach went on to say that it’s not as simple as just holding a referendum as the wording of its question had to be agreed, legislation had to be put in place and a campaign had to happen.
Varadkar said, “What we are planning for is a referendum probably May or June of next year.
“So if we don’t have it before the summer then we’ll probably have it in the latter part of the year. We haven’t set a date yet.”