Irish constitutional referendums, 2001

Three referendums were held simultaneously in Ireland on 7 June 2001, each on a proposed amendment of the Constitution of Ireland. Two of the measures were approved, while the third was rejected. The two successful amendments concerned the death penalty and the International Criminal Court.

The failed amendment concerned the Treaty of Nice. It has also been intended to submit a fourth proposal to a referendum, concerning the investigation of judges, but this amendment was not ultimately passed by the Oireachtas (parliament) and so was never put to a vote.

Twenty-first Amendment

The Twenty-first Amendment introduced a constitutional ban on the death penalty and removed all references to capital punishment from the text. The proposal was approved.

Twenty-first Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland referendum
Choice Votes Percentage
Yes 610,455 62.08%
No 372,950 37.92%
Valid votes 983,405 98.55%
Invalid or blank votes 14,480 1.45%
Total votes 997,885 100.00%
Voter turnout 34.79%
Electorate 2,867,960

Twenty-second Amendment

The Twenty-second Amendment Bill proposed to establish a body for the investigation of judges and to amend the procedure for the removal of judges. It was not passed by the houses of the Oireachtas and therefore was not submitted to a referendum. It is a "missing amendment" of the Constitution of Ireland.

Twenty-third Amendment

The Twenty-third Amendment permitted the state to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The proposal was approved.

Twenty-third Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland referendum
Choice Votes Percentage
Yes 629,234 64.22%
No 350,512 35.78%
Valid votes 979,746 98.21%
Invalid or blank votes 17,819 1.79%
Total votes 997,565 100.00%
Voter turnout 34.78%
Electorate 2,867,960

Twenty-fourth Amendment

The Twenty-fourth Amendment Bill proposed that the state ratify the Nice Treaty of the European Union. The proposal was rejected.

Twenty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 2001
Choice Votes Percentage
No 529,478 53.87%
Yes 453,461 46.13%
Valid votes 982,939 98.51%
Invalid or blank votes 14,887 1.49%
Total votes 997,826 100.00%
Voter turnout 34.79%
Electorate 2,867,960

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