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Referendum on the regulation of divorce

Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage) Bill 2016. The proposal was about two issues relating to divorce, namely how long people must be living apart before applying for a divorce, and the recognition of foreign divorces. There was one question on the ballot paper and voters could either vote Yes to allow both … Continued

Referendum on Blasphemy

Thirty–seventh Amendment of the Constitution(Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018. The proposal of the referendum was on whether or not to delete ‘blasphemous,’ from Article 40.6.1˚ of the Constitution. The proposed amendment to the Constitution was put to the people on Friday 26 October 2018. The proposal was passed by … Continued

Referendum on the regulation of termination of pregnancy

Thirty–sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018. The proposal of the referendum was on whether or not to delete Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution and replace it with a new Article. The proposed amendment to the Constitution was put to the people on Friday 25 May 2018. The proposal was passed by the people. Independent … Continued

Marriage Referendum and Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum

The referendum proposal on the Marriage Referendum was on whether or not you agreed to put a clause in the constitution which would allow two people to marry each other regardless of their sex. The Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum was on whether or not you agreed to reduce the age at which a person … Continued

Abolition of Seanad Éireann and Court of Appeal referendums

The referendum proposals were on whether or not you wanted to abolish Seanad Éireann and whether or not you wanted to establish a Court of Appeal and make other changes to the Courts system. 1. Seanad Éireann Referendum Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013. The proposal to abolish Seanad Éireann … Continued

The Children Referendum

A referendum on a proposal to amend the Constitution by the addition of a new article 42A and the deletion of article 42.5 was held on 10 November 2012. There were four main elements to the proposal. Firstly, if it was approved, the Constitution would explicitly recognise that children have rights, and that the State … Continued

Fiscal Stability Treaty

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012 Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012. The Treaty was about strengthening the rules designed to make governments keep a balance between their income … Continued

Judges’ Remuneration and Oireachtas Inquiries 2011

A referendum on a proposal to amend the Constitution in relation to whether the pay of judges can be reduced in certain circumstances was held on 27 October 2011. Referendum on the Twenty-Ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Judges’ Remuneration ) Bill 2011 The proposed change to the Constitution would allow for a law to be … Continued

Lisbon Treaty 2009

Referendum on the Twenty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty of Lisbon) Bill 2009 A referendum on a proposal to amend the Constitution to allow Ireland to ratify the Lisbon Treaty was held again on 2 October 2009. A similar question as was asked in June 2008 was asked: Do you want Ireland to ratify the … Continued

Lisbon Treaty 2008

Referendum on the Twenty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2008 (Lisbon Treaty) A referendum on a proposal to amend the Constitution to allow Ireland to ratify the Lisbon Treaty was held on 12 June 2008. The Treaty proposed to amend, but not replace, the two main treaties which govern the EU, namely: The Treaty would … Continued