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# irish constitution

Last year
# housing issues
Constitutional right to housing would be ‘limited’ rather than radical, committee hears
A public consultation process is currently taking place on the possibility of a referendum on housing.
All time
# Gender Equality
Citizens' Assembly recommends 'women in home' clause be removed from constitution
The National Women’s Council welcomed the recommendation that the ‘sexist’ clause be removed.
# 37th amendment
Explainer: What is the upcoming blasphemy referendum about?
Nearly one in three voters are unsure how they’ll vote in the referendum on 26 October.
Opinion: 'The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part'
In the context of the late 1930s, it is quite a remarkable document in its commitment to democratic ideals, writes Dr Laura Cahillane.
# Fathers4Justice
'It's about parental equality': Citizens' Assembly will not hear from fathers' group
The group argues the future of an embryo or a child should be a collaborative decision.
Opinion: 'The Neutrality Bill would exclude Ireland from being an active supporter of perpetual war'
A clear and decisive majority of Irish people are in favour of enshrining neutrality in our Constitution, writes Roger Cole.
# Section 37
"Schools are not data-processing centres": Irish bishops want 'balance' in discrimination debate
Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin has promised to amend Section 37.
# Abortion
Socialist TDs call for 'medieval' 8th Amendment to be removed from Constitution
Ruth Coppinger said that a Referendum should take place on the same day as the Marriage Equality Referendum next Spring.
# Abortion
Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?
The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. explains what it’s all about…
# Constitution
Convention votes to lower voting age, rejects reduction of presidential term
Delegates at the Constitutional Convention’s first full meeting this weekend also backed a proposal for ordinary citizens to be able to nominate a candidate for the president.
# Referendum
Referendum website's 'Like' button illustrated bias for Yes vote
The Supreme Court delivers its full ruling into why the Government’s website for the Children’s Referendum was not impartial.
# constitutional convention
Voters want to scrap Seanad, give diaspora the vote and review Constitution
Ipsos MRBI has polled a number of issues that will be up for discussion at the constitutional convention which gets under way this weekend.
# Referendum
Children’s Referendum website corrected after omitting part of amendment
The government’s scaled-down version of needed amending this evening after it omitted part of the referendum being held on Saturday.
# Referendum
Minister: Government acted "in good faith" on referendum information
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the Office of the Attorney General gave legal advice on the website and booklet.
# Referendum
Supreme Court says Government's Referendum site 'not fair, equal or impartial'
The Supreme Court says the government’s literature is not impartial, and therefore an inappropriate use of public money.
# Referendum
Children vote on... children's referendum (They went for 'Yes')
Five youth organisations give test poll to those not entitled to vote – but whose lives are most likely to be affected by the outcome.
# Referendum
Sinnott accused of engaging in 'hysterical hyperbole' over referendum
The former MEP Kathy Sinnott has been criticised by a Fine Gael TD for her opposition to the children’s referendum but Sinnott has hit back saying that Jim Daly has not done his homework.
# One Year In
12 random items that convulsed Irish politics this past year
Septic tanks, dry-cleaning receipts and Michael D’s knees – just some of the strange things we never thought we’d obsess about in a political context… but we do now.
# Referendum
The Fiscal Compact Referendum: What are we voting on and why?
Here’s’s guide to Ireland’s referendum on the new fiscal treaty.
Column: Cutting judges’ pay has a price – and it’s not worth it
A Yes vote on Thursday won’t benefit anyone much – but it will mean a serious compromise to our constitution, writes Sinéad Keogh.