Convention on the Constitution

The Convention on the Constitution is a forum of 100 people, representative of irish society and parliamentarians from the island of Ireland, with an independent Chairman.

The Convention was established by Resolution of both Houses of the Oireachtas to consider and make recommendations on certain topics as possible future amendments to the Constitution. The Convention is to complete its work within 12 months.

For its part, the Government has undertaken to respond to the Convention's recommendations within four months by way of debates in the Oireachtas and where it agrees with a particular recommendation to amend the Constitution, to include a timeframe for a referendum.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Constitutional Convention are detailed in the Resolution of the Houses of the Oireachtas of July, 2012.


Members of the Oireachtas

Political parties and groups in the Dáil and the Seanad nominated representatives on the basis of their relative strengths in the Oireachtas. Political parties in Northern Ireland were invited to nominate one representative each.

Members of the Public

Citizens were selected randomly using the electoral register and on the basis of groups representative of Irish society generally and balanced in terms of gender, age and region, etc.

Click here for list of Convention Members.

Click here for Convention Members Selection Process.

Convention Documents

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01/04/2014 Press Release 31 March 2014 - Convention Model A Template for the Future
23/02/2014 Press Release The Convention on the Constitution has voted to afford greater constitutional protection to Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) rights.
22/02/2014 Dr Liam Thorton UCD ESC Rights Introduction Powerpoint
22/02/2014 Powerpoint Comparison with other countries – Prof. Aoife Nolan
22/02/2014 Comparison with other countries – Prof. Aoife Nolan
22/02/2014 ESC Rights in Irish Constitutional Law – David Fennelly BL
22/02/2014 Introduction and background to ESC Rights – Dr. Liam Thornton (UCD)
21/02/2014 Letter from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD
21/02/2014 Running Order Economic, Social & Cultural Rights 22-23 Feb 2014
02/02/2014 Press Release Constitutional Convention recommends Dáil Éireann reform