Referendum on the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution

The Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 was initiated by the Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. in Dáil Éireann on 7 March 2018, and on 9 March 2018 he moved the Bill for second stage. Having passed through the Dáil on 21 March 2018, the Bill moved to Seanad Éireann for consideration on the 27 and 28 March 2018.

The Bill outlined that Article 40.3.3° would be repealed and replaced with a provision that reads "Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy."

In advance of the referendum, the Minister for Health published the General Scheme of a bill to regulate termination of pregnancy. This was intended to provide the electorate with a draft proposal of legislation the Government would seek to enact should the referendum pass. 

The referendum was held on the 25 May 2018.  The referendum passed by a majority of 66.4% in favour. 

In accordance with Article 46.5 of the Constitution and the Referendum Act 1994, the President will sign the Bill into law 7 days after the publication of the provisional referendum certificate in Iris Oifigiúil and in the absence of any legal petitions to the result.