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Ireland Abortion Referendum

Dublin Ireland
24-26 May 2018

Ireland will vote in a referendum on 25 May on liberalising its strict abortion laws.

Voters will be asked if they want to repeal article 40.3.3 of the constitution, known as the eighth amendment, which since 1983 has granted unborn foetuses and pregnant women an equal right to life, in effect, enshrining a ban on abortion in the country’s constitution. 

Abortion has long been a divisive issue in Ireland where nearly 80 percent of the population identifies as Catholic. The ban on abortion was modified in 2013 allowing terminations  when the life of the mother was deemed to be at risk.

The UN’s human rights committee has condemned the ban as “cruel, inhuman and degrading”. The health minister, Simon Harris, and housing minister, Eoghan Murphy , signed the order to set the date of the historic vote after legislation allowing for it was passed in the Seanad, the second chamber of the Irish parliament.

Polls will open at 7am on 25 May and close at 10pm.

Press Centre: The Press Centre will be open to the media from 10am onwards on 26/05/2018. Accreditation badges will be available from the Custom House from Tuesday 22/05/2018 until 5pm on 25/05/2018, appropriate ID will be required.


EUROVISION Special Events will offer the following facilities onsite:


  • HD/SD Standup position for Live programme inserts
  • HD/SD Playout
  • Connectivity to the Eurovision Global Network


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RTE Pool Feed:

The RTE pool feed will be made available for those broadcasters in Dublin Castle.