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Government confirms date for Seanad and Court of Appeal referenda

Voters will be asked to vote on the 32nd and 33rd amendments to the Constitution later this year.
Jul 24th 2013, 5:45 PM 4,382 30

THE GOVERNMENT IS to hold two referenda on 4 October with voters asked to decide on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal.

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has signed a polling order for the two referenda to amend the Constitution with voting taking place on Friday, 4 October between 7am and 10pm.

The 32nd Amendment of the Constitution concerns the abolition of the Seanad with voters being asked if they want to retain or abolish the upper house.

Meanwhile, the 33rd Amendment of the Constitution concerns the establishment of a new Court of Appeal in order to reduce the workload of the current Supreme Court which has a four-year backlog.

Every Irish citizen who is 18 and over and is included in the register of electors is entitled to vote in the two referenda with the total current electorate standing at around 3.1 millio people.

Persons who are eligible to vote but are not on the register have until 17 September to apply to be placed on it. More details can be found on

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