Welcome to the Citizens' Assembly 2016-2018

The Citizens' Assembly 2016-2018 was an exercise in deliberative democracy, placing the citizen at the heart of important legal and policy issues facing Irish society. With the benefit of expert, impartial and factual advice the 100 citizen Members considered the topics below. Their conclusions formed the basis of a number of reports and recommendations that were submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas for further debate by our elected representatives.


A large number of submissions were received from members of the public, academics, practitioners, advocacy/interest groups and other representative organisations on the five topics the Assembly considered. These submissions can all be read online.


The Assembly's public proceedings at every weekend meeting were live streamed. The footage is available to watch back on our Youtube channel.