A Referendum Commission will be established within a matter of days of the Bill’s introduction.   Photo: Sam Boal

The Government has taken the first significant legislative step in preparation for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment. At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting(...)

Posters in Dublin during the 2002 abortion referendum campaign. File photograph: David Sleator

It is very odd that the Citizens’ Assembly discussion of referendums has been moved to this weekend, given that it will allegedly have no impact on th(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  is not “ill-disposed” to  Ministers voting against the Cabinet decision on holding a referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Government Ministers will be able to vote against the holding of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, despite a Programme for Government commitment t(...)

Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

The future of referendums in Ireland will be discussed by the Citizens’ Assembly at its next meeting in January. Members of the assembly will debate(...)

Ministers will be free to vote against holding an abortion referendum when the issue is considered in the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ministers will be free to vote against holding an abortion referendum when the issue is considered in the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Alth(...)

A number of referendums will be put to voters in Ireland over the next few years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Over the next two years a series of potential amendments to the Constitution will be put to voters for consideration. The most significant and funda(...)

The Government wants to hold eight referendums over the next two years, including one on abortion next year. Some of the referendums may be held in c(...)

The audience at a debate last week organised by the London Irish Business Society

As the bingo cards and markers are put away in the early afternoon, chat in a Luton-Irish forum turns to Brexit. Richard Coogan, originally from How(...)

Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern: in 2001, a Fianna Fáil-led government tried to ban opinion polls in the last week of an election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eight out of 10 cats prefer a certain brand of petfood, according to the famous advertising campaign. The survey was ludicrous, of course, but it hasn(...)

Outgoing President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns (right): he retires later this month after six years in the post.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A former Fine Gael minister of state and a former chairman of the Referendum Commission are believed to be among the main contenders for appointment(...)

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