Category Archives: Constitutional History

The Danger of Frequent Constitutional Amendment

Dr Maria Cahill The Irish Constitution has been amended 31 times in 82 years, and 8 times in the last 10 years. In total, there have been 43 proposals to amend the Constitution, 12 of which have been put forward … Continue reading

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Why the 1919 Declaration of Independence Matters

Dr Maria Cahill The 1919 Declaration of Independence is almost always overshadowed, whether by the more poetic and celebrated 1916 Proclamation of Independence or by the mere fact that on the day the Declaration was made, there was a parliament … Continue reading

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Irish text of the Proposed Referendum on the 8th Amendment

Dr Seán Ó Conaill The publication of the wording for the 36th Amendment Bill has started the referendum campaign in earnest. The English language wording of the bill had been well flagged and, as a result of the outcome of … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event – Sovereignty since 1916: Has the Law fulfilled the Promise of the Proclamation?

  Monday 14th March, 2016 5.45pm – 7.30pm Venue: Boole 2 “In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and … Continue reading

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The Revised Irish Wording for the Marriage Referendum – An Analysis

Dr Seán Ó Conaill The Government has decided to revise the Irish wording for the Marriage Referendum after criticism over the first version published. In preparing the first draft particular wording and phrasings were used in an effort to avoid … Continue reading

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