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Irish Citizenship

Referendum on the Twenty-Seventh Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2004 (Irish Citizenship)

A referendum on a proposal to change the rules about the constitutional entitlement to citizenship by birth was held on 11 June 2004.

The change meant that:

People born in the island of Ireland after the constitutional amendment took effect would not have a constitutional right to be Irish citizens, unless, at the time of their birth, one of their parents was an Irish citizen or was entitled to be an Irish citizen.
The Oireachtas would be in a position to pass legislation which governs how other people born in Ireland may become Irish citizens.

The proposal was approved by the people. For further information about the votes cast, see -,1894,en.pdf


The Referendum Commission published a report on the referendum.

You can download this document in PDF format below.

pdfReport on the Referendum on Irish Citizenship

(Format: Adobe PDF, Size: 243 KB)


Further Information

The Referendum Commission provided the following information to the public.

Background information on the citizenship referendum

Background information on the rights of citizens and people who are not citizens

Refcom information booklet on Referendum on Irish Citizenship