On 26 October 2018, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to the issue of blasphemy. You will also have the opportunity to vote in a presidential election on the same day.

Independent guide

Download the Commission's independent guide to inform yourself on the upcoming referendum on blasphemy.

If you have not yet received a hard copy of the guide, please contact refenquiries@anpost.ie

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Independent Guide for people with an intellectual disability

Download the easy-to-read version of the independent guide to the referendum on blasphemy.

This guide is written for people with an intellectual disability.

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The present legal position

At present, the Constitution says that publishing or saying something blasphemous is an offence punishable under law. Blasphemy is currently a criminal offence.

The referendum will decide if the Constitution should continue to say that publishing or saying something blasphemous is a criminal offence. If the referendum is passed, the Oireachtas will be able to change the law so that blasphemy is no longer a criminal offence.

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Why you should vote

The Constitution is important. It is the fundamental law of our State. It is your Constitution and only you have the power to change it. How you vote is for you to decide.

The Referendum Commission urges you to inform yourself about the proposed change to the Constitution and to use your vote. If you do not vote, other people will make the decision. This guide does not argue for a Yes vote or a No vote, but we do strongly encourage you to vote.

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