Article 8 of the Constitution states: The Irish language as the national language is the first official language. The English language is recognised as a second official language. Provision may, however, be made by law for the exclusive use of either of the said languages for any one or more official purposes, either throughout the State or in any part thereof. Interpretation of these provisions has been contentious.
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From: Department of the Taoiseach This text of the Constitution is a copy of the text enrolled on 13 November, pursuant to Article Amendments effected since the Constitution was enacted in up to the time of printing of this edition January are listed below.
Amending Acts Short Title Dates of Signature First Amendment of the Constitution Act, [Extended to conflicts in which the State is not a participant the provision for a state of emergency to secure the public safety and preservation of the State in time of war or armed rebellion.
On 25 November , three proposals were put to the people, the Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. The people rejected the Twelfth which dealt with the right to life of the unborn and approved the Thirteenth and Fourteenth below.
The Twenty-second Amendment of the Constitution Bill, [relating to the removal of a judge from office and providing for a body to be established by law to investigate or cause to be investigated conduct constituting misbehaviour by a judge or affected by incapacity of a judge] was not passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas.
On 7 June, , three proposals were put to the people, the Twenty-first, Twenty-third and the Twenty-fourth Amendments.
The people rejected the Twenty-fourth which dealt with the Treaty of Nice and approved the Twenty-first and Twenty-third above. There is no Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution. On 6 March, , a proposal for the Twenty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution was put to the people and was rejected [Protection of Pregnancy in Human Life.
On 4 October , a proposal for the Thirty-second Amendment to the Constitution was put to the people and was rejected [Abolition of Seanad Eireann. On 22 May , a proposal for the Thirty-fifth amendment to the Constitution was put to the people and was rejected [Age of Eligibility for Election to Office of President. Is this page useful? Thank you for your feedback. The information you submit will be analysed to improve the site and will not be responded to individually.
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BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN
This means that the Constitution is superior to all other law. If any element of an existing law is found to be repugnant to the Constitution, that element of the law is invalid Article Article 25 provides that Bills passed by both houses of the Oireachtas should be presented to the President for signature. Once a Bill has been signed by the President, it becomes law.
Constitution de l'Irlande