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#Referendum Commission

# referendum-commission - Friday 27 September, 2019

Referendum commission over extending voting rights abroad set up

Tánaiste Simon Coveney announced the measure today.

# referendum-commission - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Social media ad regulations should be drawn up for future referendums, Commission says

The Referendum Commission says new regulations should be drawn up by government.

# referendum-commission - Monday 21 May, 2018

Watch: We put your questions to the chair of the Referendum Commission

We spoke live to Justice Isobel Kennedy.

# referendum-commission - Saturday 19 May, 2018

What would you like to ask the head of the Referendum Commission?

We’re putting them to Justice Isobel Kennedy in a Facebook Live.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

'Giving the facts': RefCom has published its information booklet on the upcoming vote

The booklet will be delivered to 2.2 million homes.

# referendum-commission - Friday 30 March, 2018

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Did you make the voter registration deadline? A lot of people tried

Queues were spotted at local council offices.

# referendum-commission - Monday 13 April, 2015

The people in charge of the referendum are confident this ballot paper won't confuse you

That’s despite a very similar ballot paper confusing voters during the Seanad referendum two years ago.

# referendum-commission - 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.

# referendum-commission - Saturday 5 October, 2013

'We don’t really simplify things that are straightforward': Ballot papers cause confusion

The green and white papers caused a bit of confusion yesterday.

# referendum-commission - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Poll: How will you vote in the Court of Appeal referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How will you vote in the Court of Appeal referendum?

Do you want the new court to be established or for our courts system to remain the same?

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Poll: How will you vote in the Seanad referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How will you vote in the Seanad referendum?

Do you want the Seanad saved or abolished?

# referendum-commission - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Explainer: What is the Court of Appeal Referendum all about?

All the questions you were embarrassed to ask – answered.

# referendum-commission - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad

“The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a creche for aspiring ones – the political class did.”

Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad

Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Seanad Referendum on why he believes “undemocratic institution” has no place in modern Ireland.

# referendum-commission - Friday 27 September, 2013

Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day?

Professor John Crown, independent senator, answers the question with a timeline of a typical day in the life for him.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Martin to Taoiseach: 'You're adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush'

The Fianna Fáil leader has hit out at the Taoiseach over claims from Fine Gael that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million.

# referendum-commission - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Fianna Fáil: Letter published by The Referendum Commission 'discredits' Fine Gael's campaign

Fianna Fáil’s director of Elections Niall Collins TD says the Fine Gael campaign has been ‘exposed as untrue’.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

With the referendum looming, we answer the questions you’re probably asking.

# referendum-commission - Thursday 12 September, 2013

The 4 October referendums: Just five days to make sure you're registered

The closing date to get on the register is next Tuesday. So, what do you need to do to ensure you’re on the list?

# referendum-commission - Thursday 5 September, 2013

Referendum day is just over four weeks away...

The Referendum Commission today began its information campaign on both votes with Justice Elizabeth Dunne saying there has been scant debate on one of the issues.

# referendum-commission - Monday 19 August, 2013

Chief Justice: death of judge Kevin Feeney is a 'great loss to the State'

The 61-year-old will be laid to rest this afternoon.

# referendum-commission - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Panel chosen for October appeals court referendum

The vote will ask the public to decide on the existence of an Appeals Court between the High Court and the Supreme Court.

# referendum-commission - Friday 7 June, 2013

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

# referendum-commission - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Referendum Commission head criticises government's Fiscal Compact book

Justice Kevin Feeney says the Government’s booklet, separate to its own, caused “confusion among the public”.

# referendum-commission - Monday 12 November, 2012

Burton notes 'merit' of potential permanent referendum commission

The Minister said a permanent referendum commission could be largely responsible for the information presented to the electorate if the country were to hold referenda on a regular basis.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Referendum Commission praises 'civic-minded' broadcasters for extra time Referendum This post contains videos

Referendum Commission praises 'civic-minded' broadcasters for extra time

Over 60 broadcasters accepted a request from the Commission to devote extra time to its impartial broadcasts on Saturday’s vote.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Poll: Will you vote in the children's referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you vote in the children's referendum?

Concerns have been raised about turnout in the 10 November referendum. Will you be casting your vote?

# referendum-commission - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Children's Rights Referendum: Three days left to register for your vote

Applications to get onto the Supplementary Register of Elections close on Tuesday. Here’s what to do.

# referendum-commission - Friday 19 October, 2012

First major opinion poll shows 'Yes' leading the way in referendum

A RedC poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland shows almost universal Yes support.

# referendum-commission - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

Referendum Commission asks broadcasters to give more time to bulletins

Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan wants broadcasters to give more time to information on the children’s referendum.

# referendum-commission - Monday 15 October, 2012

TV3 first to announce televised debate on children's referendum

The debate will be held on Halloween Night, October 31, and will feature four parties, two each from the Yes and No campaigns.

# referendum-commission - Sunday 14 October, 2012

RTÉ to stay 50-50 for referendum debates - but news coverage 'cannot be prejudged'

The national broadcaster is dropping a ‘stopwatch’ system for news broadcasts, but will keep it for formal debates.

# referendum-commission - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Minister asks RTÉ to reconsider 50-50 rule for children's rights referendum

Michael Noonan says rules on balanced coverage should not require RTÉ to “invent” opponents to the children’s rights vote.

# referendum-commission - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest news…

No rules to stop #euref campaigns from continuing on social media

They can’t talk about it, but they can tweet about it. Political parties take to social media to continue campaigning.

Protesters occupy Referendum Commission offices

Occupy Dame Street accused Commission of a “misleading representation of the Fiscal Treaty”.

High Court dismisses Doherty complaint against Referendum Commission

The High Court rules that there is not sufficient clarity between Irish and EU laws about how countries ratify certain measures.

SF welcomes High Court's agreement on 'legitimate room for debate'

Gerry Adams says the court’s findings are “a far leap” from the Yes side’s belief that the ESM was “set in stone”.

YOUR Fiscal Compact questions: Answers from Referendum Commission

We asked’s users to put forward their questions about what the Fiscal Compact actually MEANS and we would get straightforward answers. Here they are.

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