Updated to 21 June 2024 (Act No. 14 of 2024 and S.I. No. 281 of 2024)

Referendum Act, 1942
No. 8 of 1942

Contents

Commencement

SectionCommencement DateCommencement Information
Whole Act  26 May 1942 Commenced on enactment

Amendments and other effects

How AffectedAffecting Provision
Repealed on 28 June 1994 Referendum Act 1994 (12/1994) ss. 1(3), 5, sch. 1
Collective citations Referendum (Amendment) Act 1992 (8/1992), s. 3(2)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1987 (4/1987), s. 2(2)
  Electoral (Amendment) Act 1986 (12/1986), s. 4(4)(a)
  Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 9(4)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 3(2)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1983 (14/1983), s. 2(2)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 4(2)
  Electoral (Amendment) Act 1973 (3/1973), s. 1(6)
  Electoral (Amendment) Act 1972 (4/1972), s. 8(4)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1968 (34/1968), s. 3(2)
  Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), (5)
  Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 14(2)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 6(2)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 10
Application restricted Roads Act 1993 (14/1993), ss. 3, 71
  Referenda (Special Difficulty) Order 1979 (S.I. No. 205 of 1979), art. 4(7)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 8
Reference to the register of electors construed as a reference to a register of the persons entitled to vote at a presidential election Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 7(1)
Act construed as if each county and county borough in the State were a constituency for the purpose of taking a poll at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution (Adoption) Bill, 1978 (Bill No. 45 of 1978) and at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Election of Members of Seanad Éireann by Institutions of Higher Education) Bill, 1979 (Bill No. 15 of 1979) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(1)
Provisions adapted  Referendum (Special Difficulty) Order 1992 (S.I. No. 128 of 1992), arts. 3, 4
  Referenda (Special Difficulty) Order 1979 (S.I. No. 205 of 1979), arts. 3, 4
Applied with modifications Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(1)
S. 7(2) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(a)
S. 7(3) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(b)
S. 8(1) amended Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 67(2)
S. 10(1) amended Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 67(2)
S. 11(aa) inserted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 67(1)(i)
S. 11(b) repealed on 4 December 1946 Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 9, sch.
S. 11(c) application restricted  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 2(2)(a)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(2)(a)
S. 11(d) substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 67(1)(ii)
S. 11(d) applied with modifications Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 2(2)(b)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(2)(b)
S. 11(e) application restricted  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 2(2)(a)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(2)(a)
S. 11(f) applied with modifications  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 2(2)(b)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 2(2)(b)
S. 12 application extended Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 4(4)
S. 13 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
S. 14(3) amended Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 74
S. 15 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
S. 15(1) application restricted  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
S. 15(2) application restricted  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
S. 15(3) application restricted  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
S. 15(5) ceased to have effect Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
S. 17(7)(b) amended Electoral Act, 1992 (23/1992), ss. 1(6), 168(a)
S. 18 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 68
S. 20(1) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(c)
S. 20(2) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(c)
S. 20(2) saver Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 69(1)
S. 20(2) substituted Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 15(1)
S. 20(3) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(c)
S. 20(3) saver Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 69(1)
S. 20(3) substituted Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 15(1)
S. 21 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
S. 28 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
S. 28 application extended Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 4(2)
S. 29 substituted Electoral Act 1992 (23/1992), ss. 1(6), 168(b)
S. 29(1)(b) reference to the sections of the Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act 1923 (38/1923) construed Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 72(3)(a)
S. 29(1)(d) reference to the sections of the Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act 1923 (38/1923) construed Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 72(3)(b)
S. 29(2) reference to the expression "the said portions of the Prevention of Electoral Abuses Act 1923" (38/1923) construed Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 72(3)(c)
S. 33 amended Electoral Act 1992 (23/1992), ss. 1(6), 168(c)
S. 34(2)(b) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(d)
S. 34A inserted Electoral Act 1992 (23/1992), ss. 1(6), 168(d)
Sch. 1 rule 1 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 73
Sch. 1 rule 1 applied with modifications  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 5(1), (2)
Sch. 1 rule 3(1)(b) substituted in relation to the application of paragraph (1) of the rule in the case of a constitutional referendum Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 71(3)
  Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
Sch. 1 rule 3 amended Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983 (24/1983), s. 8(1), sch. 4
Sch. 1 rule 4 amended Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983 (24/1983), s. 8(1), sch. 4
Sch. 1 rule 12 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 13 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 13 amended Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 16(4)
Sch. 1 rule 14 repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 16 amended Electoral (Amendment) Act 1972 (4/1972), s. 4
  Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 74
Sch. 1 rule 18 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 75(1)
Sch. 1 rule 18(1) substituted Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 16(1)
Sch. 1 rule 18(2) amended Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 16(3)
Sch. 1 rule 18(3)(a) substituted in relation to the application of paragraph (3) of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Third Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1958 (Bill No. 25 of 1958) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 5(f)(I)
Sch. 1 rule 18(3)(c) substituted in relation to the application of paragraph (3) of the rule in the case of a constitutional referendum Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 2, sch. 2
Sch. 1 rule 18(3)(c) substituted in relation to the application of paragraph (3) of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Third Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1958 (Bill No. 25 of 1958) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1959 (5/1959), s. 5(f)(II)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at constitutional referenda in relation to the Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution which related to Article 40.3 thereof Referendum (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1992 (22/1992), s. 1(e)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1992 (Bill No. 12 of 1992) which related to the amendment of Article 29.4 of the Constitution Referendum (Amendment) Act 1992 (8/1992), s. 1(e)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1987 (Bill No. 8 of 1987) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1987 (4/1987), s. 1(e)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1986 (Bill No. 15 of 1986) Electoral (Amendment) Act 1986 (12/1986), s. 3(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1984 (Bill No. 11 of 1984) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1984 (7/1984), s. 1(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1982 (Bill No. 35 of 1982) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1983 (14/1983), s. 1(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution (Adoption) Bill, 1978 (Bill No. 45 of 1978) and at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Election of Members of Seanad Éireann by Institutions of Higher Education) Bill, 1979 (Bill No. 15 of 1979) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1979 (10/1979), s. 1(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1972 (Bill No. 14 of 1972) and at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1972 (Bill No. 26 of 1972) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1972 (23/1972), s. 1(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Third Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1971 (Bill No. 36 of 1971) Electoral (Amendment) Act 1972 (4/1972), s. 5(f)
Sch. 1 rule 18(5) substituted in relation to the application of the rule at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Third Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1968 (Bill No. 5 of 1968) and at a constitutional referendum in relation to the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1968 (Bill No. 6 of 1968) Referendum (Amendment) Act 1968 (34/1968), s. 1(f)
Sch. 1 rule 19 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 76
Sch. 1 rule 21 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 77
Sch. 1 rule 23 the words "and (d) tendered ballot papers," repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 23A substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 78
Sch. 1 rule 23A inserted Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 3(a)
Sch. 1 rule 24 applied with modification Dáil Election and Referenda Regulations 1992 (S.I. No. 340 of 1992), reg. 8
Sch. 1 rule 24 substituted Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 78
  Referendum (Amendment) Act, 1946 (30/1946), s. 3(b)
Sch. 1 rule 24 repealed on 4 December 1946 Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 9, sch.
Sch. 1 rule 27(2) repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 27(3) repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 29(3) repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 30(1) saver Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 79(i)
Sch. 1 rule 30(1) amended Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 3(c)
Sch. 1 rule 31(c) saver Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 69(2)
Sch. 1 rule 31(c) amended Electoral Act 1960 (43/1960), ss. 1(2), 15(2)
Sch. 1 rule 31(d) the words "the tendered ballot papers," and the words "and the tendered votes list" repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 31(e) the words "and tendered votes list" repealed on 9 December 1963 Electoral Act, 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 3, sch. 1
Sch. 1 rule 32(1)(b) amended Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1985 (12/1985), s. 8(e)
Sch. 1 rule 32(3) saver Electoral Act 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 79(ii)
Sch. 1 rule 32(3) amended Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 3(d)
Sch. 1 rule 32(4) saver Electoral Act, 1963 (19/1963), ss. 1(2), 79(ii)
Sch. 1 rule 32(4) amended Referendum (Amendment) Act 1946 (30/1946), s. 3(e)

SIs made under the Act

SectionSIs made under the Act
S. 3 Electoral Regulations, 1987 (S.I. No. 5 of 1987)
  Forms (Dáil Elections, Presidential Elections and Referenda) (Amendment) Regulations, 1972 (S.I. No. 115 of 1972)
  Forms (Dáil Elections, Presidential Elections and Referenda) Regulations, 1963 (S.I. No. 246 of 1963)
  Polling Cards (Dáil Elections, Presidential Elections and Referenda) Regulations, 1961 (S.I. No. 245 of 1961)
  Referendum (Prescribed Forms) Regulations, 1959 (S.I. No. 83 of 1959)
S. 12(5) Returning Officers' Charges (12th, 13th and 14th Amendments of the Constitution and General Election to Dáil Éireann) Regulations, 1992 (S.I. No. 344 of 1992)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) Regulations, 1992 (S.I. No. 145 of 1992)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) Order, 1987 (S.I. No. 132 of 1987)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) Regulations, 1986 (S.I. No. 175 of 1986)
  Returning Officers' and Local Returning Officers' Charges Regulations, 1984 (S.I. No. 138 of 1984)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) Regulations, 1983 (S.I. No. 243 of 1983)
  Returning Officers' and Local Returning Officers' Charges (European Assembly and Local Elections, Bye-Elections to Dáil Éireann and Referendum) Order, 1981 (S.I. No. 189 of 1981)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) (No. 2) Regulations, 1979 (S.I. No. 229 of 1979)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges) Regulations, 1979 (S.I. No. 209 of 1979)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges and Accounts) (No. 2) Regulations, 1972 (S.I. No. 279 of 1972)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges and Accounts) Regulations, 1972 (S.I. No. 104 of 1972)
  Referendum (Local Returning Officers' Charges and Accounts) Regulations, 1968 (S.I. No. 195 of 1968)
  Referendum and Presidential Elections (Local Returning Officers' Charges and Accounts) Regulations, 1959 (S.I. No. 81 of 1959)
S. 20 Forms (Dáil Elections, Presidential Elections and Referenda) (Amendment) Regulations, 1972 (S.I. No. 115 of 1972)
  Forms (Dáil Elections, Presidential Elections and Referenda) Regulations, 1963 (S.I. No. 246 of 1963)