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Dublin: 15 °C Saturday 23 August, 2014


A vote where the public is asked to decide on a constitutional ammendment or a new constitution.

# referendum - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

These Labour TDs and Senators think we should have another abortion referendum

There are growing calls for repeal of the 8th Amendment.

# referendum - Monday 18 August, 2014

Explainer: What is the 8th Amendment? Abortion This post contains a poll

Explainer: What is the 8th Amendment?

There are calls for a referendum on the amendment to be held after a woman was refused an abortion under our current laws.

# referendum - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

Stay or go? Tempers flare in heated TV debate about Scotland’s independence

With six weeks to go before the referendum, both sides clashed on whether Scotland would be successful as an independent country.

# referendum - Monday 28 July, 2014

Together at last? Big four political parties come together over gay marriage issue

The Cork Pride Festival will host a discussion on how to pass the gay marriage referendum next spring.

# referendum - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about the Roma children report, the incident on Dame Street and the Garth Brooks gigs…

# referendum - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Ballot papers unchanged since 1963 need to be ‘modernised’

The format of referendum ballot papers has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years.

# referendum - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Ballot papers might get makeover because they confuse voters

The issue was underlined by last October when voters were given two ballot papers in the referendums.

# referendum - Monday 12 May, 2014

EU foreign ministers to consider third tier of sanctions against Russia

The Foreign Affairs Council are meeting today where the Ukraine crisis is the main topic on the agenda.

# referendum - Monday 17 March, 2014

Crimea officially asks to rejoin Russia in Cold War-style stand-off

The final tally shows 96.6 per cent of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

Poll: Should Europe accept that Crimea wants to rejoin Russia? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Europe accept that Crimea wants to rejoin Russia?

Voters in Crimea overwhelmingly endorsed a referendum to split from Ukraine. What do you think – should they go ahead with it or not?

The 9 at 9: St Patrick’s Day

Morning, folks. Here are the nine stories you need to know this St Patrick’s Day.

# referendum - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Will Crimea break away from Ukraine for Russia? The people decide today

The referendum on secession is taking place today, with Russia saying it will recognise the vote.

# referendum - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Crimean lawmakers’ vote for independence ‘does not violate international law’

It is thought the move will lay the legal framework for joining the Russian Federation.

# referendum - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Crimean assembly to be dissolved after request to join Russia

The decision on whether or not to join the Russia Federation will be put to the people of Crimea on 16 March.

Crimea is to hold referendum on whether or not to join Russia

Crimeans will be asked to choose between Russia or Ukraine.

# referendum - Sunday 2 March, 2014

# referendum - Thursday 27 February, 2014

TDs to brief Scots on EU membership but have ‘no desire to impact’ referendum

Scottish MSPs looking at independence proposals will hold a video conference this morning with Oireachtas members.

# referendum - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

From Business ETC Rabbitte: No requirement of equal time for both sides in referendum debates Bai

Rabbitte: No requirement of equal time for both sides in referendum debates

Also speaking this evening, Senator David Norris called on the Minister to reveal full details of how RTÉ settled a legal dispute relating to Rory O’Neill’s Saturday Night Show interview.

# referendum - Monday 17 February, 2014

Alex Salmond has come out fighting after EU warning about Scottish independence

The Scottish First Minister has said that not recognising the result would be anti-democratic.

# referendum - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

New Zealand is thinking about changing its flag

Some people don’t like the current flag.

# referendum - Sunday 29 December, 2013

Taoiseach on same-sex marriage: ‘I wouldn’t have the same opinion as the Tánaiste’

Enda Kenny will campaign for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, but does not agree with Eamon Gilmore’s assessment that it is the “civil rights issue of this generation”.

# referendum - Friday 27 December, 2013

History lesson: What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum?

Using first-hand materials gathered from the National Archives, we take a look at what happened before and after the contentious vote in 1983.

The Attorney General’s advice NOT to introduce ‘pro-life’ constitutional amendment

17 extracts from Peter Sutherland’s advice which predicted many of the issues Ireland has seen over the past 30 years.

# referendum - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Peru Two, bank fraud and American tourists : The week in numbers

Plus: How many people voted Yes in the Seanad referendum when they meant to vote No?

# referendum - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Doh: 13% voted Yes when they meant No in Seanad referendum

A report by the Referendum Commission published today found that there was significant confusion over the ballot papers in October’s referendums.

Taoiseach rules out giving voting rights to all in Seanad elections

Enda Kenny has said the upper house can have greater powers of scrutiny but he does not intend to introduce universal suffrage for elections to the Seanad.

# referendum - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Northern Ireland’s justice minister calls for consultation on changing abortion laws

David Ford said he wants a public consultation into changing abortion laws to allow women carrying babies with fatal foetal abnormalities to have a termination.

# referendum - Monday 25 November, 2013

From Business ETC Swiss vote against ’1:12′ cap on executive pay 1:12 Initiative

Swiss vote against ’1:12′ cap on executive pay

The referendum would have introduced a ratio between the lowest paid employee in the firm and the highest paid.

# referendum - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Swiss vote on limiting top pay to 12 times that of lowest paid workers

The radical proposal will be voted on next week in a referendum.

# referendum - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Brian Hayes: ‘Northern Ireland must make its voice heard on the UK’s EU membership’

The Minister of State in the Department of Finance said that it is in Ireland’s national interest that Britain should remain a full member of the European Union.

# referendum - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Gay rights groups welcome marriage referendum plan, Catholic Bishops don’t

The Bishop of Kildare says that the issue is “not about equality”, but Alan Shatter says that people should not be discriminated against because of their sexuality.

# referendum - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015

Following a Cabinet meeting earlier today, the government has confirmed plans for a referendum in the first half of 2014.

‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriage

The issue of a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage will be discussed by Cabinet ministers today with the timing of the vote likely to be one of the main issues.

# referendum - Monday 4 November, 2013

Labour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro elections

Emer Costello and Phil Prendergast’s call comes as the Cabinet is expected to decide on the matter this week.

# referendum - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today?

Eamon Gilmore wants a referendum on the issue next year, but how would you vote?

Gilmore: ‘Same-sex marriage referendum will be held before the end of the lifetime of this government’

The Tánaiste said that he hoped a referendum would be held next year, but it could be in the spring of 2015.

# referendum - Monday 21 October, 2013

David Norris to shave off his beard – over the Seanad referendum

The Senator will shave his beard off for charity on the Ray D’Arcy show tomorrow morning.

# referendum - Monday 7 October, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Everybody’s talking about Priory Hall, breaches in patient data and Gerry Adams.

Adams ‘rejects’ efforts to make brother’s conviction ‘a party political issue’

The Sinn Féin president was asked about his brother Liam, the Seanad referendum and his own future in an interview this morning.

East-west divide? Referendum map shows how the country split on Seanad

In the east they said No but in the west it was largely a Yes.

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