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# Referendum Commission

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# Presidential Elections
Referendum commission over extending voting rights abroad set up
Tánaiste Simon Coveney announced the measure today.
# Abortion vote
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.
# you asked
Watch: We put your questions to the chair of the Referendum Commission
We spoke live to Justice Isobel Kennedy.
# 8th amendment
What would you like to ask the head of the Referendum Commission?
We’re putting them to Justice Isobel Kennedy in a Facebook Live.
# on the ballot
'Giving the facts': RefCom has published its information booklet on the upcoming vote
The booklet will be delivered to 2.2 million homes.
# Your Say
Poll: Should social media be policed during the Eighth Amendment referendum?
The Referendum Commission has said it plays no role in overseeing social media campaigning.
# D-Day
Did you make the voter registration deadline? A lot of people tried
Queues were spotted at local council offices.
# Same-Sex Marriage
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.
# Oops
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.
# Referendums
'We don’t really simplify things that are straightforward': Ballot papers cause confusion
The green and white papers caused a bit of confusion yesterday.
# Your Say
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?
# Your Say
Poll: How will you vote in the Seanad referendum?
Do you want the Seanad saved or abolished?
# Court of Appeal referendum
Explainer: What is the Court of Appeal Referendum all about?
All the questions you were embarrassed to ask – answered.
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.
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.
# Seanad referendum
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.
# Seanad referendum
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’.
# Seanad referendum
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.
# not on the list?
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 day
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.
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.
# appeals court
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.
# Seanad
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.
# fiscal compact
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
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
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.
# Your Say
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
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.
# Children's Rights
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
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
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
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
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.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your essential evening round-up of the day’s biggest news…
# Tweferendum
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.
# Occupied
Protesters occupy Referendum Commission offices
Occupy Dame Street accused Commission of a “misleading representation of the Fiscal Treaty”.
# Courts
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.
# Reaction
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”.
# you asked
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.