Referendum on Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries (2011) (Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2011)


The Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries) Bill 2011 proposes to amend the provisions of the Constitution relating to the powers of the Houses of the Oireachtas to conduct an inquiry into any matter stated by the House or Houses concerned to be of general public importance. The proposed amendment would add the following subsections to Article 15.10:

‘2° Each House shall have the power to conduct an inquiry, or an inquiry with the matter stated by the House or Houses concerned to be of general public importance.
3° In the course of any such inquiry the conduct of any person (whether or not a member of either House) may be investigated and the House or Houses concerned may make findings in respect of the conduct of that person concerning the matter to which the inquiry relates.
4° It shall be for the House or Houses concerned to determine, with due regard to the principles of fair procedures, the appropriate balance between the rights of persons and the public interest for the purposes of ensuring an effective inquiry into any matter to which subsection 2° applies.’.

 

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Result Summary

Electorate: 3,191,157
Total Poll: 1,785,208
Percentage Poll: 55.94%
Votes in favour of the proposal: 812,008
Votes against the proposal: 928,175
Invalid Ballot Papers: 45,025