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Your Vote is Your Voice


As Ireland’s independent electoral commission, it is our responsibility to prepare impartial and unbiased information about the referendum proposals and make that information available to the public.

We prepare impartial statements containing a general explanation of the subject matter of the proposal for the referendum concerned and distribute those statements through an information booklet, television ads, radio, newspapers, social media and other forms of media to bring them to the attention of the public. We are committed to ensuring that all information we provide is accessible for those with a disability.

In Ireland, there are two kinds of referendum that can take place – a constitutional referendum and an ordinary referendum.

The Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) is the fundamental legal document that sets out how Ireland should be governed.

The Constitution can only be amended if the proposed change has been approved by the people of Ireland in a constitutional referendum. This gives the people of Ireland the chance to decide whether or not the wording of the Constitution will change.

Previous referendums in Ireland

See a timeline of the previous referendums that have taken place in Ireland.

Find more detailed information of the referendums proposals and information booklets and the information booklets for Ireland’s previous referendums.