Referendums in Ireland
Any amendment to the Constitution of Ireland must first progress as a Bill (that is, a piece of legislation) through the Houses of the Oireachtas. The date for the next referendum will be known once the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has issued a Polling Day Order.
It is the duty of the Referendum Returning Officer to conduct referendums, and determine and declare the result of referendums. This is in accordance with the Referendum Act 1994.
Further information on referendums in Ireland is available from the website of An Coimisiún Toghcháin, Ireland’s newly established, independent electoral commission. Information on previous referendums is also available on its website.