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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Referendum

This year
# unity referendums
Taoiseach criticises SF's Irish unity adverts in the New York Times calling it 'unhelpful'
The half-page advert says the British Government continues to ‘break its obligations’.
# Referendum
Referendum on constitutional reference to woman's 'life within the home' to be held in November
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that it would “enshrine gender equality” in the Constitution.
# an coimisiún toghcháin
New Electoral Commission formally established with Supreme Court judge as chairperson
One of the commission’s responsibilities will be reviewing Dáil Éireann and European Parliament constituencies and local electoral area boundaries.
Last year
# Referendum
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.
# Referendum
UK's highest court rules Scottish Parliament cannot hold Indyref2 without Westminster consent
The UK government has repeatedly refused to give Edinburgh the power to hold a referendum.
# Referendum
CETA: Supreme Court rules trade deal cannot be ratified by Oireachtas unless law is changed
If the legislation is amended, a referendum on the matter could be avoided.
# Gender Equality
Oireachtas report recommends referendum on women's place in the home
The Gender Equality Committee has proposed that several amendments to the constitution be put to a vote next year.
# indyref 2
Scotland to hold second independence referendum in October 2023
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is ‘ready and willing’ to negotiate with Boris Johnson to hold a legal vote.
# Not so United
Future Scottish independence referendum ‘should be put to all four UK nations’
The debate comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon began laying out the case for a second Scottish independence referendum.
Give 16-year-olds the vote? TDs are set to debate a motion calling for a referendum on the move
Thomas Pringle TD, who initiated the bill, says he would like to see the referendum held alongside the local and European elections in 2024.
All time
# marriage for all
Swiss voters approve same-sex marriage by clear margin in referendum
The country has authorised same-sex civil partnerships since 2007.
# Viktor Orban
Hungary plans to hold a referendum over its controversial LGBT law
It comes as the government is under fire over findings it used malware to spy on opposition figures.
# To the Polls
Switzerland rejects proposal to become first country in Europe to ban pesticides
An extension of emergency Covid laws was set to be passed.
# Gender Equality
'Women in the home clause' the key question as virtual Citizens' Assembly to deliver its results
The issue was to be put to a referendum during the lifetime of the previous government.
# Scotland
Scottish minister says vote for independence will take place at the end of Covid pandemic
Scotland’s constitution secretary said such a vote will be held ‘when the time is right’.
# Vote
Scottish independence would be like Brexit on a rocket to Mars, Lib Dem leader warns
Scottish party leader Willie Rennie said now is not the time for another referendum on the issue.
# Euthanasia
New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia but not marijuana in referendums
The two referendums represented significant potential changes to New Zealand’s social fabric.
# Dying with dignity
'It is up to the Dáil': Government won't need referendum to introduce assisted dying law
TDs are set to debate the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020 in the Dáil today.
# indyref2
Nicola Sturgeon sets out plans for independence referendum draft bill in 2021
Nicola Sturgeon also announced a raft of measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
# evening quiz
Quiz: How well do you remember the marriage equality referendum count day?
Test your knowledge.
# Irish Abroad
Majority of people in Ireland want to allow Irish citizens abroad to vote in presidential elections
That’s according to an Amárach/Claire Byrne Live poll carried out for
# Border poll
Majority of people in the Republic want Irish unity referendum within five years
That’s according to the latest Amárach/Claire Byrne Live poll for
# Your Say
Poll: Should we hold a referendum on capping insurance payouts?
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar suggested the idea of a referendum yesterday.
# separation period
Cabinet to discuss divorce proposals amid fears Brexit could impact recognition of UK separations
New legislation will reduce the length of time couples must be separated before divorcing.
# Your Say
Poll: Should citizens in the North be allowed vote in Irish presidential elections?
A Referendum Commission was set up this week to examine the issue ahead of a vote.
# Presidential Elections
Referendum commission over extending voting rights abroad set up
Tánaiste Simon Coveney announced the measure today.
# Referendum
Campaigners want to 'bust some myths' about presidential voting rights for citizens abroad
We’ve been promised a referendum on the issue later this year.
# Brexit
High Court throws out misconduct in public office case against Boris Johnson
The lawsuit had accused him of knowingly lying during the Brexit referendum campaign.
# official result
It's a Yes: Ireland has voted resoundingly to pass the divorce referendum
An overwhelming 82% of the electorate voted in favour of changing divorce references in the Constitution.
# Divorce referendum
Exit poll shows Greens will top European poll in Dublin amid big gains for the party
The exit poll has Ciarán Cuffe on 23%, with Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald on 14%.
# Count on us
Your complete guide to's election and referendum coverage this weekend
We’ll keep you covered as counts take place on Saturday and Sunday.
# uncoupling
Divorce in numbers: How do divorce rates in Ireland compare to those in Europe and elsewhere?
Ireland is set to vote this Friday on whether or not the wait period for couples seeking a divorce should be reduced.
# Referendum
Switzerland votes to approve stricter gun laws in line with EU regulations
Reports suggest the country has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.
# big day of voting
Here's your quick guide to the divorce referendum
Get up to speed.
# Brexit
Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair write joint op-ed calling for second Brexit referendum
In the op-ed in the Irish Times, they describe Brexit as ” the most serious threat to peace in the North and to the union in our lifetime”.
Opinion: 'As I attempt to buy my first home, disheartened isn't even the word'
In Berlin, a proposed referendum seeks to ban the largest landlord company and expropriate the homes for social housing – but the average rent in Dublin is twice that of Berlin, writes Ciaran Connolly.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the four-year time period for divorce be reduced?
Under the current system, married couples need to have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years.
MPs overwhelmingly back delaying Brexit if needed, as Labour says it will support second referendum
Unless Article 50 is extended, Theresa May has just one month to get a deal over the line.
# polling day
Referendum to give Irish abroad vote in presidential elections delayed to last week in October
The referendum was initially due to take place in May but Cabinet today approved to move it to the autumn.
Opinion: Is it time to fully remove divorce from the Irish constitution?
The government is proposing a referendum to reduce the time period for divorce but other constitutional restrictions will still apply, writes David Kenny.