The manner in which referenda are held

The submissions process on "The manner in which referenda are held" is now closed.

Submissions were accepted from 13 November until 5pm on 22 December 2017. 

To view submissions received on this topic click here. A signpost document, prepared by the secretariat is available to read here

Further information, including background material is available to read here.

Submission Process

213 submissions were received, of which 209 were received online and 4 were received by post.

Of the 213 submissions received, 206 have been published on the website.  In total seven were not published.  The reasons for not publishing are set out below:

  • Four submissions were not relevant to the topic;
  • One submission was a duplicate;*
  • Two submissions were anonymous**

(* Where an exact submission was made more than once by the same individual this was only published once. In many cases this happened because the individual made the same submissions in multiple formats, i.e. by post, on line and by email)

(** Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions made with just a first name listed will not be published.)

Submissions Rules/Guidelines

The following rules apply in respect of submissions received by the Assembly:

  1. The Assembly welcomes submissions from Irish citizens and non-citizens living in Ireland or living abroad.
  2. All submissions received will be published on the website and displayed with a full name (first name, surname)/name of organisation, if appropriate.
  3. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted. Submissions made with just a first name listed will not be published. Equally, submissions received with an initial and surname (e.g. J Smyth) will not be published. Exception: Submissions received with a series of initials that are commonly recognised as being a name (i.e. JP, PJ, AP) and a surname can be published. 
  4. In the case of personal stories and sensitive submissions, all personal data and related identifiable details will be removed or redacted if requested.
  5. Each submission received either on our website or by post, will be treated as an individual submission and include any or all signatures to that submission. If, for example, a submission is received with twenty signatures it will be treated as one submission. If the same submission is received twenty times, each signed individually, they will be treated as twenty submissions.
  6. The Citizens' Assembly reserves the right not to accept a submission if it is deemed offensive or inappropriate.

In accordance with the Assembly’s agreed rules and procedures, following receipt of submissions on any matter, the Assembly may choose to hear oral presentations from any representative group or individual to assist in its deliberations.