ElectionGudie

June 12, 2008 Held

1,621,037
Voted
Ireland

Ireland

Referendum

Results

53%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,621,037
Valid Votes:1,614,866
Invalid Votes:6,171

Provisions

No862,415

53.40

Yes752,451

46.60

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • A referendum to enable the state to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon of the European Union.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mary MCALEESE *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Brian COWEN
  • Assembly: Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) with 166 seats.

* The presidential term is renewable once. The electoral system is alternative vote. The President is a member of Parliament ex officio.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by a majority system with preferential vote to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • In the Senate (Seanad Éireann), 43 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms, 11 members are appointed by the President to serve 5-year terms and 6 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms*. In the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) 166 members are elected through a single transferable vote (STV) proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* 43 members are elected by five panels representing vocational interests. Six are elected by graduates of two colleges.

** One seat is reserved for the Speaker of the House. There are 43 multi-member districts with magnitudes from 3 to 5.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • A referendum to enable the state to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon of the European Union.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,489,544 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 3,051,278 (June 2008 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,250,272 (2008)

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Ireland ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (23 December 1985)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 22 (House of Representatives); 12 (Senate) (following the 2007 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 6 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Ireland ratified CRPD: No

·         Population with a disability: 673,431 (est.)