It is great to see that the Government is making good on its word to establish a Constitutional Convention, see report here. There are many parts of the 1937 Constitution which should be looked at from a political reform perspective. Some of these including reducing the voting age, allowing gay marriage and abolishing the Seanad are in the Programme for Government and are thus likely to form a major plank of the initiative despite there being other initiatives which some regular posters on here may like to see. It is also heartening to see that there is a proposal for some type of citizen assembly at the heart of the proposal. There is obviously much to be worked out with the Taoiseach indicating that he will now consult with Opposition leaders, the correct move given the central importance of the Constitution to the workings of our democracy. What will be important is how the assembly is constituted, what the rules of engagement are and as politicians are to be involved how citizens can be facilitated to ensure that they have a real input and are not simply a Greek chorus to the rhetoric of the professional politicians.