Ireland: Referendum, 25 May 2018
At stake in this referendum:
- The proposed Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of state: President Michael D. HIGGINS
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Enda KENNY
- Assembly: Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) with 166 seats.
** The Prime Minister is nominated by the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann).
- Proposed amendments to the Constitution that pass both houses of Parliament are put to a popular vote. Referendums require a simple majority to pass.
About the referendum:
- The proposed amendment would replace Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution, which restricts legal abortions to those cases when the pregnancy represents a substantial threat to the life of the mother. In place of the old provision, the referendum would add: “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”
Main provisions in the referendum:
- "Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the undermentioned Bill?"
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 4,832,765 (2014 est.)
- Registered voters: 3,367,556 (2018)
- Female Population: 2,418,761 (2014 est.)
- Is Ireland a signatory to CEDAW: No
- Has Ireland ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 December 1985)
- Gender Quota: Yes
- Female Candidates in this election: N/A
- Number of Female Legislators: 25 (15%) of 166 seats in the Dáil Éireann
- Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 11
- Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
- Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
- Has Ireland ratified CRPD: No