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# Bunreacht na hÉireann

Last year
What to do with Article 41.2? 'It hasn't actually contributed anything. It's never been a help'
It has no legal significance and the idea of changing it has been kicking around for almost 30 years – but it’s still unclear what’s going to happen to the Constitution’s most contentious article.
All time
Citizens' Assembly recommends 'women in home' clause be removed from constitution
The National Women’s Council welcomed the recommendation that the ‘sexist’ clause be removed.
Having 18 ministers at Cabinet is 'fairly obviously unconstitutional' and politically 'dubious'
Bunreacht na hÉireann states: “The Government shall consist of not less than 7 and not more than 15 members.”
Quiz: How much do you know about Irish referendums?
Test your knowledge here.
Opinion: 'My tiny family is not a family in the eyes of Bunreacht na hÉireann'
Our home is not a family home in the eyes of the law. And this is true of any family which does not have a married couple within it, writes Sinéad Gibney.
Ruling that Justice Minister 'obliged to consider' pregnancies in deportation cases could be 'helpful'
A 2016 High Court ruling that said the Minister is obliged to consider the prospective rights of the unborn in deportation cases has been upheld by Ireland’s highest court.
Argument from Justice Minister that unborn has no constitutional rights 'radical', Supreme Court told
The Supreme Court is considering the legal arguments for and against defining ‘the unborn’ in the Constitution as an unborn child.
Supreme Court to decide whether Pro Life Campaign can be an advisor in the 'defining the unborn' case
The Pro Life Campaign argued that they had spent a significant amount of time on the issue that was before the Supreme Court.
Opinion: 'The Irish Constitution has served us well for the most part'
In the context of the late 1930s, it is quite a remarkable document in its commitment to democratic ideals, writes Dr Laura Cahillane.
The Irish Constitution still makes reference to woman's place in the home
Dublin Rathdown deputy Josepha Madigan wants a referendum on Article 41.2.1 of Bunreacht na hÉireann.
That 'other referendum' could bridge a gap between the Irish and English versions of our Constitution
Given the significant gap that currently exists in the translation of Bunreacht na hÉireann, there is a good reason to pass this second referendum.
Blasphemy offence should be replaced in the Constitution, says Convention
The Constitutional Convention has held its seventh meeting in Dublin this weekend.
Poll: Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?
It meets for the seventh time today, but has it been a success?
Voters want to scrap Seanad, give diaspora the vote and review Constitution
Ipsos MRBI has polled a number of issues that will be up for discussion at the constitutional convention which gets under way this weekend.
Catholic Bishops give cautious welcome to Referendum
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference said the amendment offers a ‘reasonable and balanced approach’ to children’s rights.
At last: Constitutional Convention to hold first meeting in December
The first meeting of the Constitutional Convention was delayed as the Government searched for a chairperson – but it’s now set to meet at the start of December
Drumroll please: Chair of the Constitutional Convention is.... Tom Arnold
The Constitutional Convention had been due to begin meeting this month but had been delayed due to the search for a chairperson.
Column: ‘The current situation of the Supreme Court is unsustainable’
Chief Justice Susan Denham pays tribute to the Constitution on its 75th birthday – and examines the case for a drastic overhaul of Ireland’s judicial system.’s progress report for the Government: Constitutional reform
Political reform was a hot topic in the election that saw Fine Gael and Labour take power. So what’s happened since?
People in Northern Ireland should have a say in new Irish constitution - TD
Labour TD for Meath East Dominic Hannigan says that the views of people in Northern Ireland has to be taken into account if there is a new constitutional convonvention.
Why can't Ivor Callely be sacked?
We explain why nobody can force Ivor Callely out of his seat in the Seanad.