Two Thirds Of Mothers Would Prefer To Stay At Home (With Prof Patricia Casey)
In this interview, Niall engages in a discussion with Prof. Patricia Casey, a distinguished psychiatrist, academic, journalist, and conservative commentator on social issues. Together, they delve into the upcoming referendum on Article 41 and 41.2 of the Irish Constitution, which propose significant amendments regarding the concept of family and the role of women in the home.Drawing from a recent Amarach Research opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute, Prof. Casey sheds light on the prevailing sentiments among mothers regarding their preferences for staying at home with their children. The poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of mothers, approximately 69%, express a desire to stay at home if afforded the opportunity, despite societal expectations and economic pressures.Furthermore, the survey underscores a perceived undervaluation of the work performed by mothers within the home, with over 70% expressing feelings of being underappreciated by society. Prof. Casey emphasizes the importance of recognizing and respecting the choices made by mothers, advocating for policies that facilitate their ability to stay at home with their children if desired.Reflecting on the constitutional amendments proposed by the referendum, Prof. Casey criticizes the government's approach, arguing that the deletion of references to mothers and the home from the Constitution fails to uphold the promises of protection and support outlined in Article 41.2. She contends that policymakers should prioritize the well-being of mothers and families over economic interests, advocating for policies that empower mothers to make choices aligned with their preferences and values.Through insightful analysis and compelling commentary, Niall and Prof. Patricia Casey navigate the complexities of gender roles, societal expectations, and the evolving landscape of family dynamics in contemporary Ireland.Join Niall Boylan and Prof. Patricia Casey in this thought-provoking discussion as they examine the implications of the referendum and advocate for greater recognition of the invaluable contributions made by mothers within the home.