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# constitution - Yesterday’s News

Chileans vote overwhelmingly to replace their constitution

The vote came a year to the day after more than one million people thronged downtown Santiago amidst a wave of social unrest.

# constitution - Saturday 1 August, 2020

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.”

# constitution - Saturday 14 March, 2020

Russia's Vladimir Putin signs law that could keep him in power for another 16 years

He signed the measure today, three days after it sailed through the Russian parliament

# constitution - Sunday 1 September, 2019

The Irish For: Guns and Gaelic - the history of the right to bear arms

The Irish constitution drew inspiration from others, but did not include the right to bear arms.

# constitution - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

The Divorce Bill has been signed into law, shortening the 4-year separation period

The divorce referendum was passed by an overwhelming majority of 82%.

# constitution - Saturday 18 May, 2019

Here's your quick guide to the divorce referendum

Get up to speed.

# constitution - Sunday 5 May, 2019

Quiz: How much do you know about Irish referendums?

Test your knowledge here.

# constitution - Thursday 2 May, 2019

Solicitors want a Yes vote in divorce referendum

A new report by the society details a number of “unsatisfactory” aspects of divorce law.

# constitution - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

'The banks are dictating what happens': TDs say government relying on 'constitution' card to block vulture funds Bill

Officials were quizzed about their assertions the Bill is unconstitutional and would result in higher mortgage interest rates.

# constitution - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Government announces wording of amendments for the divorce referendum

Through primary legislation the government would introduce, you would have to live apart for two years before getting a divorce.

# constitution - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

Divorce referendum: Voters will be asked whether to delete 'living apart period' from Constitution

The government announced the terms of the referendum today.

# constitution - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Referendum on divorce could be delayed, warns Taoiseach

It was due to be held in May, but Varadkar said the woman in the home referendum might take its place.

These are the referendums coming up in 2019 - and a few after that

Which way will you vote?

# constitution - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Cuba to scrap same-sex marriage language from new constitution, official says

The decision was made despite public support nationwide for the reform.

# constitution - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Justice minister to seek fast-tracking of blasphemy Bill

Almost 65% voted in favour of the 37th amendment to the Constitution in the blasphemy referendum.

# constitution - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Committee backs changes to ‘women’s place in the home' section of Constitution

The Justice Committee published a report on the matter today.

# constitution - Saturday 27 October, 2018

The Irish people have voted to remove blasphemy offence from the Constitution

It was a resounding Yes to repeal the offence.

# constitution - Friday 26 October, 2018

Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?

Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

# constitution - Saturday 29 September, 2018

Most people are against Irish citizens in the North voting for the Irish president

A poll has found support for extending voting rights at 27%.

# constitution - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month

Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.

# constitution - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Sexist, outdated, and going to go' - TDs clash over what's next for 'women in the home' section of Constitution

The forthcoming referendum bill was up for pre-legislative scrutiny in the Oireachtas this morning.

# constitution - Saturday 8 September, 2018

Poll: Should reference to women's 'life within the home' be removed from Constitution? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should reference to women's 'life within the home' be removed from Constitution?

A referendum on the topic has been delayed.

# constitution - Monday 3 September, 2018

Government accused of trying to 'press gang' committee to delete Constitutional women in the home reference

It had been suggested that the clause should be amended rather than deleted.

# constitution - Thursday 5 July, 2018

Referendum on 'women's life within the home' to be held in October

it’s intended that the referendum would be held in conjunction with the removal of the blasphemy offence from the Constitution.

# constitution - Monday 2 July, 2018

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.

# constitution - Friday 27 April, 2018

Q & A: What do you want to know before voting in the Eighth Amendment referendum?

The vote is four weeks away.

# constitution - Sunday 1 April, 2018

From 1983 to 2018: A history of the Eighth Amendment

Ireland will vote on the controversial Constitutional amendment in eight weeks time.

# constitution - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Varadkar says Coveney's call for two-thirds majority lock in abortion law is unconstitutional

The Cabinet is discussing potential abortion legislation today.

# constitution - Thursday 15 March, 2018

Irish judges defend High Court judge against 'unacceptable' personal attacks from Polish media

It stems from a decision made by Justice Aileen Donnelly this week.

# constitution - Thursday 8 March, 2018

What the 'unborn' ruling means for the Eighth Amendment referendum

Yesterday, the Supreme Court clarified that the unborn does not have constitutional rights outside of the Eighth Amendment.

# constitution - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

Supreme Court rejects definition of 'unborn' as an unborn child in Constitution

The Taoiseach had previously halted publishing the draft legislation for the Eighth referendum pending the ruling.

# constitution - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Supreme Court dismisses Pro Life Campaign request to become adviser in 'defining the unborn' case

The Pro Life Campaign had argued that it had spent “a significant amount of time” on the issue of defining the unborn.

# constitution - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

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.

# constitution - Saturday 27 January, 2018

Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

# constitution - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

As it happened: Eighth Amendment Committee to recommend straight repeal

Here’s what happened at the committee’s meeting today.

# constitution - Saturday 21 October, 2017

Spain's government has stripped Catalonia of its 'autonomous powers'

The move had been widely expected in the wake of Catalonia’s recent disputed vote for independence.

# constitution - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Dáil defeats Bill that would make housing a constitutional right

Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett has called the government “shameful” for not supporting the Bill.

# constitution - Sunday 30 July, 2017

Candidate shot dead as Venezuelans line up to vote in controversial election

Locals have reported troops firing at buildings and people in the capital as tensions escalate.

# constitution - Thursday 27 April, 2017

Taoiseach gives first response to Citizen's Assembly vote, says committee now being set up

Kenny commended the Citizen’s Assembly’s chairperson, Ms Justice Laffoy on her work.

# constitution - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Poll: Do you agree with the Citizens' Assembly recommendation to replace - not repeal - the Eighth? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the Citizens' Assembly recommendation to replace - not repeal - the Eighth?

Its recommendation says that Ireland’s constitution should deal with abortion – but not in the manner it does now.

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