Category Archives: Referendum

The Wisdom of Crowds: Legal Opinions on Surrogacy, DAHR and the Marriage Referendum

Dr Conor O’Mahony The campaign around the referendum on marriage equality has seen technical argument around the interpretation of the Irish Constitution rear its head in places it is not often seen, whether in the media, the barroom or the … Continue reading

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The Constitution, the Right to Procreate and the Marriage Referendum

Dr Conor O’Mahony During a debate about the forthcoming Marriage Equality referendum on Sunday’s Marian Finucane Show, the following claim was made by Patrick Treacy (at 6.20 minutes in): “The core of the issue is this: Frances Fitzgerald and Leo … 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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The Constitutionality of the Children and Family Relationships Bill

Dr Conor O’Mahony With the publication of the wording of a constitutional amendment on marriage equality last week, the battle lines are being well and truly drawn for May’s referendum. It is clear that the No campaign is being based … Continue reading

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Terminology and the Marriage Referendum  

Dr Seán Ó Conaill With the proposed wording of the forthcoming referendum having been announced the next question is what exactly the referendum will officially be called. The official naming and broadcasting title of a referendum is not only a … Continue reading

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