ElectionGudie

May 22, 2015 Held

1,949,438
Voted
Ireland

Ireland

Referendum

Results

60%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,949,438
Valid Votes:1,933,500
Invalid Votes:15,938

Provisions

“Every citizen who has reached the age of twenty-one years is eligible for election to the office of President.”

Yes520,898

26.94

No1,412,602

73.06

More Info:

At stake in this referendum:

  • Voters will vote on the proposed Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (the Age of Eligibility for the Election to the Office of President Bill). 

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of state: President Michael D. HIGGINS
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Enda KENNY
  • 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 Prime Minister is nominated by the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann).

Provisions in the referendum:

  • Thirty-fifth amendment: “Every citizen who has reached the age of twenty-one years is eligible for election to the office of President.”[1]

​Results of the referendum: 

  • Yes: 520,898 votes (26.94%)
  • No: 1,412,602 votes (73.06%)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,832,765 (2014 est.)[2]
  • Registered voters: 3,202,442 (2011)[3]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 2,418,761 (2014 est.)[4]
  • Is Ireland a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Ireland ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 December 1985)[5]
  • Gender Quota:  Yes
  • Female Candidates in this election: N/A
  • Number of Female Legislators: 25 (15%) of 166 seats in the Dáil Éireann[6]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 11[7]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A[8]

Disability Data:

  • Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Ireland ratified CRPD: No[9]