Oct. 26, 2018 Confirmed




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At stake in this referendum:

  • The 37th amendment to the Constitution of Ireland

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Michael D. HIGGINS
  • Head of Government: Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo VARADKAR
  • Assembly: Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) that consists of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the Parliament (Dail Éireann) with 166 seats.

Electoral requirements:

  • Proposed amendments to the Constitution that pass both houses of Parliament are put to a popular vote. Referendums require a simple majority to pass. 

About the referendum:

  • The referendum would remove the word ‘blasphemous’ from the Constitution as an “offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law”

Main provisions in the referendum:

  • Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the undermentioned bill?*

*Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,803,748 (2018 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 3,202,442 (2011)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 2,420,456 (2018 est.)
  • Is Ireland a signatory to CEDAW: N/A
  • Has Ireland ratified CEDAW: Yes, Accession (23 December 1985)
  • Gender Quota: Yes (Parliament)
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 35 (Parliament); 18 (Senate)
  • Human Development Index Position: 8
  • 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: 733,846