Government sets date for abortion referendum this May

The date will ensure leaving certificate and university students will be home to vote

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke



The abortion referendum will take place May 25

The referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment is set to be held on May 25, according to a report on The Times' website.

The publication reported late last night that, "senior government sources have now fixed on the last Friday in May to ensure that university and leaving certificate students are at home to vote." 

Yesterday, the cabinet met to discuss the wording of the bill to hold the vote. 

If passed, the ban on abortion currently written into Ireland's constitution would be replaced with a new amendment that would state that "provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies”. 

The final wording of the referendum is due to be agreed by to Government by March 6.

A poll date of May 25 will only be confirmed then if no obstacles emerge after legal consultation.