Irish Constitution

  • The Irish Constitution recognises and declares that you have certain fundamental personal rights. These are confirmed and protected by the Constitution.

  • Bunreacht na hÉireann (the Irish Constitution) is the fundamental legal document that sets out how Ireland should be governed and the rights of Irish citizens.

  • Power in Ireland is divided between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. This document describes how these powers are used and introduces the institutions at the heart of power in the State.

  • The Constitutional Convention was set up in 2012 to consider possible changes to the Constitution. Several of its recommendations resulted in constitutional amendments.

  • A Citizens’ Assembly brings citizens together to discuss and consider important legal and policy issues facing Ireland.

  • Although freedom of expression is protected under the Irish Constitution there are censorship laws and restrictions in place. Find out what the rules are for publications, films and other kinds of communication.