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Previous referendums

You can read about the previous referendums that have taken place in Ireland to date. Please note, the dates below refer to the date the referendum took place.

You can read more information on the Amending Act for each referendum passed and the date it was signed into law by the President of Ireland.

May 24, 2019

38th Amendment
Divorce

Provided for changes to provisions regulating divorce by removing the constitutional requirement for a defined period of separation, and by substituting a provision on the recognition of foreign divorces
Year: 2019
Passed

May 24, 2019
October 26, 2018

37th Amendment
Blasphemy

Provided for the removal of the word blasphemous from the Constitution
Year: 2018
Passed

October 26, 2018
May 25, 2018

36th Amendment
Repeal of the 8th Amendment

Provided for the regulation of termination of pregnancy
Year: 2018
Passed

May 25, 2018
May 22, 2015

35th Amendment
Presidency: Reduce age of candidacy to 21

Year: 2015
Rejected

There is no Thirty-fifth Amendment. On 22 May 2015 a proposal for the Thirty-fifth Amendment to the constitution was put to the people and rejected [Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President].

May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015

34th Amendment

Provided that marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.
Year: 2015
Passed

May 22, 2015
October 4, 2013

33rd Amendment

Provided for the establishment of a Court of Appeal
Year: 2013
Passed

October 4, 2013
October 4, 2013

32nd Amendment
Seanad Abolition

Year: 2013
Rejected

There is no Thirty-second Amendment. On 4 October 2013, a proposal for the Thirty-second Amendment to the Constitution was put to the people and was rejected [Abolition of Seanad Éireann].

October 4, 2013
November 10, 2012

31st Amendment

Provided for an Article expressly relating to children
Year: 2012
Passed

November 10, 2012
May 31, 2012

30th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union
Year: 2012
Passed

May 31, 2012
October 27, 2011

30th Amendment

Year: 2011
Rejected

Proposed to reverse a 2002 Supreme Court ruling which prevented Oireachtas inquiries from making findings critical of individuals.

October 27, 2011
October 27, 2011

29th Amendment

Judges Remuneration
Year: 2011
Passed

October 27, 2011
October 2, 2009

28th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon
Year: 2009
Accepted

October 2, 2009
June 12, 2008

28th Amendment

To allow the State to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon
Year: 2008
Rejected

June 12, 2008
June 11, 2004

27th Amendment

Irish citizenship of children of non-national parents
Year: 2004
Passed

June 11, 2004
October 19, 2002

26th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Treaty of Nice.
Year: 2002
Passed

October 19, 2002
March 6, 2002

25th Amendment
Abortion: Exclusion of suicide

Year: 2002
Rejected

There is no Twenty-fifth Amendment. On 6 March, 2002, a proposal for the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution was put to the people and was rejected [Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy.]

March 6, 2002
June 7, 2001

24th Amendment
Treaty of Nice

Year 2001
Rejected

There is no Twenty-fourth Amendment. On 7 June, 2001, three proposals were put to the people, the Twentyfirst, Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Amendments. The people rejected the Twenty-fourth [which dealt with the Treaty of Nice] and approved the Twenty-first and Twenty-third.

June 7, 2001
June 7, 2001

23rd Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Year: 2001
Passed

June 7, 2001

There is no 22nd Amendment.

The Twenty-second Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2001 [relating to the removal of a judge from office and providing for a body to be established by law to investigate or cause to be investigated conduct constituting misbehaviour by a judge or affected by incapacity of a judge] was not passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas.

June 7, 2001

21st Amendment

Prohibited the death penalty and provided for the removal of references to the death penalty.
Year: 2001
Passed

June 7, 2001
June 11, 1999

20th Amendment

Provided constitutional recognition of the role of local government and that local elections are held at least every five years.
Year: 1999
Passed

June 11, 1999
May 22, 1998

19th Amendment

Allowed the State to consent to be bound by the Britishirish Agreement done at Belfast on 10 April 1998 and provided that certain further amendments to the Constitution, notably to Articles 2 and 3, would come into effect when that agreement entered into force.
Year: 1998
Passed

May 22, 1998
May 22, 1998

18th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Treaty of Amsterdam.
Year:1998
Passed

May 22, 1998
October 30, 1997

17th Amendment

Provided that the confidentiality of discussions at meetings of the Government would be respected save only where the High Court, in certain specified circumstances, determined that disclosure should be made.
Year: 1997
Passed

October 30, 1997
November 28, 1996

16th Amendment

Provided for the refusal of bail by a court to a person charged with a serious offence where it is reasonably considered necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence by that person.
Year: 1995
Passed

November 28, 1996
November 24, 1995

15th Amendment

Provided for the dissolution of marriage in certain pecified circumstances.
Year: 1995
Passed

November 24, 1995
November 25, 1992

14th Amendment

Provided that Article 40.3.3° (the right to life of the unborn) would not limit freedom to obtain or make available information relating to services lawfully available in another state.
Year: 1992
Passed

November 25, 1992
November 25, 1992

13th Amendment

Provided that Article 40.3.3° (the right to life of the unborn) would not limit freedom to travel between Ireland and another state.
Year: 1992:
Passed

November 25, 1992
November 25, 1992

12th Amendment
Abortion: exclusion of suicide

Year: 1992
Rejected

There is no Twelfth Amendment. On 25 November 1992, three proposals were put to the people, the Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. The people rejected the Twelfth (which dealt with the right to life of the unborn) and approved the Thirteenth and Fourteenth.

November 25, 1992
June 18, 1992

11th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht) and to become a member of that union.
Year:1992
Passed

June 18, 1992
May 26, 1987

10th Amendment

Allowed the State to ratify the Single European Act.
Year: 1987
Passed

May 26, 1987
June 26, 1986

10th Amendment
Divorce

Year: 1986
Rejected

Proposed to remove the constitutional ban on divorce. The ban was eventually lifted by the Fifteenth Amendment in 1996.

June 26, 1986
June 14, 1984

9th Amendment

Extended the right to vote at Dáil elections to certain non-Irish nationals.
Year: 1984
Passed

June 14, 1984
September 7, 1983

8th Amendment

Acknowledged the right to life of the unborn, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.
Year: 1983
Passed

September 7, 1983
July 5, 1979

7th Amendment

Allowed the State to extend the provisions for the election of members of Seanad Éireann by certain universities to other institutions of higher education in the State.
Year: 1979
Passed

July 5, 1979
July 5, 1979

6th Amendment

Ensured that adoption orders made by the Adoption Board could not be declared invalid because they were not made by a court.
Year: 1979
Passed

July 5, 1979
December 7, 1972

5th Amendment

Removed from the Constitution the special position of the Catholic Church and the recognition of other named religious denominations.
Year: 1972
Passed

December 7, 1972
December 7, 1972

4th Amendment

Reduced the minimum voting age at Dáil and Presidential elections and referendums from 21 years to 18 years.
Year: 1972
Passed

December 7, 1972
October 16, 1968

4th Amendment
Elections: Dáil: electoral system

Year: 1968
Rejected

A second proposal to alter the Dáil electoral system from Single Transferable Vote to First Past The Post.

October 16, 1968
June 17, 1959

3rd Amendment
Dáil electoral systems

Year: 1959
Rejected

Proposal to alter the electoral system for elections to Dáil Éireann from the multi-member Single Transferable Vote (STV) to the single-member First Past the Post (FPTP) system.

June 17, 1959
July 1, 1937

Draft Constitution – Adoption of the Constitution

Year: 1937
Passed

July 1, 1937