About: Irish referendum

Freedom of thought 28-05-2018

Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote

Ireland voted by a landslide to ditch its strict abortion laws in a landmark referendum that Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said had finally lifted decades of stigma and shame.
Freedom of thought 25-05-2018

Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum

Ireland votes today (25 May) in an abortion referendum that could be a milestone on a path of change in a country that, only a few decades ago, was one of Europe’s most socially conservative.
Elections 01-06-2012

Irish seen approving fiscal treaty by ‘safe’ 60-40 margin

According to government sources, Ireland's referendum on the EU's new fiscal treaty is likely to pass by a margin of more than three to two, but with a turnout as low as 50%. Unlike the Lisbon Treaty ratification, this time the Irish vote matters little for the Union.
Future EU 31-05-2012

EU watches Irish vote with detachment

Ireland holds the only popular vote on Europe's new fiscal treaty today (31 May), with opinion polls pointing to a 'Yes' vote that would ease concerns about its funding prospects. Unlike the Lisbon Treaty ratification, this time the Irish vote matters little for the Union.
Euro & Finance 28-03-2012

Ireland plans fiscal treaty referendum on 31 May

Ireland will hold its referendum on the European Union's new fiscal treaty on 31 May in what will probably be the bloc's only popular vote on plans for stricter budget discipline.
Euro & Finance 29-02-2012

Ireland calls referendum on EU fiscal treaty

Ireland will hold a referendum on the European Union's new fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said yesterday (28 February), setting the stage for the first popular vote on the German-led plan for stricter budget discipline across the bloc.
Brexit 29-10-2010

EU leaders back ‘limited’ treaty change, budget cap

Britain and other European Union countries put their weight behind Franco-German calls for tougher eurozone rules at a summit today (29 October), agreeing on "limited" changes to the EU's main treaty in return for a cap on the EU budget.
Future EU 20-10-2010

Ireland mulls calling another EU referendum

Ireland is beginning to ponder calling another EU referendum following proposals by France and Germany to change the Lisbon Treaty in order to introduce a permanent system to handle crises in the euro zone.
Future EU 05-10-2009

EU leaders face ‘difficult task’ naming new Commission

EU heads of state and government will have to make difficult choices when they meet in Brussels for a summit on 29-30 October, with uncertainty over when the Lisbon Treaty will come into force having huge consequences for the size of the next European Commission, analysts told EURACTIV.
Future EU 03-10-2009

Resounding Irish ‘yes’ to EU’s Lisbon Treaty

Irish voters have approved the EU's reform treaty by a margin of two to one, lifting the EU out of institutional limbo after years of democratic setbacks and blockage. All eyes now turn to Eurosceptic Czech President Václav Klaus to sign the treaty.
Future EU 02-10-2009

Future of Europe once again in Irish hands

The European Union's hopes of greater global clout rest for a second and decisive time on Irish voters today (2 October) in a referendum on the EU's reform treaty that risks plunging the bloc into crisis if Ireland gives another 'no' vote.
Future EU 01-10-2009

Klaus urged to sign Lisbon ‘without further delay’

If the Czech Constitutional Court finds no contradiction between the Lisbon Treaty and the country's constitution, President Václav Klaus should complete the ratification procedure by signing it without further delay, European Affairs Minister Štefan Füle told EURACTIV.cz in an exclusive interview.
Future EU 01-10-2009

Lisbon referendum just one of many hurdles for Dublin

Ireland's referendum on the EU reform treaty this week is only the first of three major threats to the Dublin government and its efforts to tackle a financial crisis that has crippled Europe's once fastest-growing economy.
Future EU 01-10-2009

Easing unemployment to bolster Irish EU vote

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Ireland rose by just 600 in September, the slowest rate in nearly a year and a half, boosting the government two days ahead of a crucial EU referendum.
Future EU 30-09-2009

Eurosceptic Czech senators put Lisbon Treaty on hold

Seventeen Czech senators close to the country's Eurosceptic president Václav Klaus yesterday (29 September) filed a second complaint against the Lisbon Treaty with the Constitutional Court in Prague, putting on hold its ratification.
Future EU 28-09-2009

‘Make or break’ week for Lisbon Treaty

The EU has no backup plan if the Lisbon Treaty fails to be ratified, experts and sources from the European institutions told EURACTIV. Next Friday's Irish referendum is seen as make-or-break time, but so is a key Czech Senate decision due on Tuesday (29 September).
Brexit 28-09-2009

Irish business lobby in final push for ‘yes’ vote

Business groups large and small are pressing hard for a 'yes' vote in Ireland's referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which takes place on Friday 2 October.
Future EU 14-09-2009

Libertas back in limelight as Lisbon debate hots up

Declan Ganley has made a dramatic return to political life just months after insisting he would not run a campaign against the Lisbon Treaty. The Libertas frontman said he was prompted into the U-turn by what he called the "fallacies" pedalled by pro-Lisbon advocates.
Future EU 14-09-2009

Lech Wa??sa to support Lisbon Treaty in Ireland

Former Polish President Lech Wa??sa is going to Ireland this week to support the 'yes' campaign for the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the 2 October referendum, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) announced on Friday.
Future EU 10-09-2009

Irish Catholics confused over Lisbon Treaty

Accusations that a Catholic charity is distorting the contents of the Lisbon Treaty highlight serious confusion among Irish voters about the text and the absence of a fact-based debate in Ireland.
Future EU 04-09-2009

Support for Lisbon Treaty in Ireland plunges

Support for the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland dropped by eight points over the summer, the latest poll revealed. The slippage is reminiscent of similar trends in the country before the debacle of the first Lisbon referendum in June last year, and the one on the Nice Treaty before that, the Irish press writes today (4 September).
Future EU 02-09-2009

Sweden plans October summit on top EU jobs

Provided that the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by then, the 29-30 October European summit in Brussels will discuss nominations to all EU top jobs, including a high-profile permanent EU president and foreign policy czar, the Swedish EU Presidency said yesterday (1 September).
Future EU 28-08-2009

Verhofstadt sees three scenarios for Barroso

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Liberals, has suggested three scenarios for the election of the next Commission president, one of which sees the European Parliament rejecting José Manuel Barroso's candidacy, EURACTIV has learned.
Future EU 26-08-2009

Irish business lobbies weigh in on Lisbon Treaty

Business lobbies large and small will ramp up their campaigns for an Irish 'yes' vote in the October referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, but left-wing critics say this might prove that the text is a pro-business charter.