Mr. John Gormley, TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government, has made an order appointing Thursday,
12th June 2008 as the polling day at the referendum on the
proposal for the amendment of the Constitution contained in
the Twenty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2008.
Polling will take place between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
The Minister has appointed Mr. Maurice Coughlan, a Principal
Officer in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and
Local Government, to be the referendum returning officer for
Every person who is an Irish citizen and is included in the
2008/2009 register of electors is entitled to vote at the
referendum. The total electorate currently stands at 3,051,278.
Persons not on the register may be eligible to apply for inclusion
on the supplement to the register. To be eligible, a person
must be a citizen of Ireland, must be 18 years of age by polling
day and must be ordinarily resident in the State.
An application for entry on the supplement to the register,
which can be obtained from City/County Councils or at - www.checktheregister.ie
- must be witnessed by a member of the Garda Síochána
- or, if the person cannot attend their local Garda Station,
by an official of their City or County Council, provided they
state the reason why they were unable to attend a Garda station.
If, because of a physical illness or physical disability,
a person cannot attend either their local Garda Station or
their City or County Council, their application form must
be accompanied by a medical certificate.
The final date for the receipt of completed application
forms by the person's City/County Council for the supplement
to the register, is Saturday, 24th May 2008.
Persons who are eligible for - but not already included in
- the postal or special voters list, may apply for entry in
the supplements to these lists which are published prior to
each referendum. These forms can also be obtained from the
local City/County Council. The latest date before the referendum
for receipt (by City/County Councils) of supplement applications
to the postal or special voters lists is 2 days after the
polling day order is made - i.e. Wednesday 14th May 2008.