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Referendum on the Twenty-Seventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2004 (Irish Citizenship)

A referendum on a proposal to change the rules about the constitutional entitlement to citizenship by birth was held on 11 June 2004.

The change meant that:

  • People born in the island of Ireland after the constitutional amendment took effect would not have a constitutional right to be Irish citizens, unless, at the time of their birth, one of their parents was an Irish citizen or was entitled to be an Irish citizen.
  • The Oireachtas would be in a position to pass legislation which governs how other people born in Ireland may become Irish citizens.

The proposal was approved by the people.


You can read the Referendum Commission’s report online or download a PDF copy of the report.