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# Constitution

This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Govt says referendum enshrining neutrality in Constitution 'not appropriate' as SF motion defeated
Micheál Martin has said that there is no question of Ireland’s neutrality policy being dismantled.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Opinion: Beware the referendum proposal on the women in the home – all is not as it seems
The Constitutional law lecturer says the proposed change falls far short of what should be included.
This year
The president has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court - what now?
Law professor David Kenny looks at President Higgins’ decision to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court this week.
President Higgins has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court
Today’s news will be seen as a setback for Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, who included the enactment of the law in her 2023 Justice Plan.
President to meet with Council of State to assess if new law to appoint judges is constitutional
The new law plans to bring “major reforms” in how judges are appointed in the state through the introduction of a new commission.
Two referendums instead of one may be required on gender equality with 'tight' November timeline
A referendum on the ‘women in the home’ clause and a separate vote on the definition of family may be needed.
Varadkar says ‘women in the home’ referendum will be held in November, despite rumours of delay
Varadkar conceded that there has been some difficulty agreeing on the wording of any proposed amendment.
Factfind: PBP-proposed housing amendment isn't intended to evict people from their homes
Supporters say the proposal to “delimit the right to private property” would protect tenants.
Last year
Gender Equality Committee proposes rewording for ‘women in the home’ reference in Constitution
The committee also issued recommendations on childcare and measures to address Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Analysis: Let's hear it for Ireland's success on our 100th birthday - we’ve come a long way
On the centenary of the formation of the Irish State, author Mark Henry says Ireland is one of the very best countries in which to live today.
Opinion: Today's ruling vindicates Costello's decision to take Ceta to the Supreme Court
Assistant Professor of Law David Kenny says today’s Supreme Court judgement on the trade deal shows how seriously the highest court took the case.
Chile's president dealt a blow as country strongly rejects radical new constitution
Gabriel Boric had argued the document would have ushered in a progressive era.
British MPs support moves for UK Government to commission Northern Ireland abortion services
The bill had sparked debate on whether the UK Government was respecting devolution in Northern Ireland.
What to do with Article 41.2? 'It hasn't actually contributed anything. It's never been a help'
It has no legal significance and the idea of changing it has been kicking around for almost 30 years – but it’s still unclear what’s going to happen to the Constitution’s most contentious article.
All time
Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for mandatory hotel quarantine to be suspended
The ICCL says that the Constitution requires that the State employ detention as “a very last resort”.
Citizens' Assembly meets to discuss constitution clause on ‘women in the home’
The Assembly heard that Article 41.2 of the Constitution came from “a very different time, for a very different Ireland.”
Opinion: The role of Attorney General should be more transparent - let's start by publishing the advice
Dr David Kenny and Dr Conor Casey argue that the refusal to publish the advice of the AG by successive governments serves no one.
Does the constitution need to be changed to allow TDs to take maternity leave?
The Taoiseach has said that constitutional change could be needed to provide for TD maternity leave, but constitutional experts say otherwise.
Chileans vote overwhelmingly to replace their constitution
The vote came a year to the day after more than one million people thronged downtown Santiago amidst a wave of social unrest.
Having 18 ministers at Cabinet is 'fairly obviously unconstitutional' and politically 'dubious'
Bunreacht na hÉireann states: “The Government shall consist of not less than 7 and not more than 15 members.”
Russia's Vladimir Putin signs law that could keep him in power for another 16 years
He signed the measure today, three days after it sailed through the Russian parliament
The Irish For: Guns and Gaelic - the history of the right to bear arms
The Irish constitution drew inspiration from others, but did not include the right to bear arms.
The Divorce Bill has been signed into law, shortening the 4-year separation period
The divorce referendum was passed by an overwhelming majority of 82%.
Here's your quick guide to the divorce referendum
Get up to speed.
Quiz: How much do you know about Irish referendums?
Test your knowledge here.
Solicitors want a Yes vote in divorce referendum
A new report by the society details a number of “unsatisfactory” aspects of divorce law.
'The banks are dictating what happens': TDs say government relying on 'constitution' card to block vulture funds Bill
Officials were quizzed about their assertions the Bill is unconstitutional and would result in higher mortgage interest rates.
Government announces wording of amendments for the divorce referendum
Through primary legislation the government would introduce, you would have to live apart for two years before getting a divorce.
Divorce referendum: Voters will be asked whether to delete 'living apart period' from Constitution
The government announced the terms of the referendum today.
Referendum on divorce could be delayed, warns Taoiseach
It was due to be held in May, but Varadkar said the woman in the home referendum might take its place.
These are the referendums coming up in 2019 - and a few after that
Which way will you vote?
Cuba to scrap same-sex marriage language from new constitution, official says
The decision was made despite public support nationwide for the reform.
Justice minister to seek fast-tracking of blasphemy Bill
Almost 65% voted in favour of the 37th amendment to the Constitution in the blasphemy referendum.
Committee backs changes to ‘women’s place in the home' section of Constitution
The Justice Committee published a report on the matter today.
The Irish people have voted to remove blasphemy offence from the Constitution
It was a resounding Yes to repeal the offence.
Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?
Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Most people are against Irish citizens in the North voting for the Irish president
A poll has found support for extending voting rights at 27%.
Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month
Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.
'Sexist, outdated, and going to go' - TDs clash over what's next for 'women in the home' section of Constitution
The forthcoming referendum bill was up for pre-legislative scrutiny in the Oireachtas this morning.
Poll: Should reference to women's 'life within the home' be removed from Constitution?
A referendum on the topic has been delayed.