The 1st Sitting of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly: the Eighth Amendment

The 1st Sitting of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly: the Eighth Amendment

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Brief Description

The Assembly met across five weekends to deliberate the country’s 8th Constitutional Amendment which defends the right to life. The Assembly’s recommendations by majority vote were essentially to repeal or replace the amendment.     

Problems and Purpose

Established by Parliamentary Resolution in 2016, the 100-member Irish Citizens' Assembly is an experiment in deliberative democracy intended to increase citizen participation in government decisions. Being an issue of public debate and controversy since its adoption in 1983, the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution was chosen by Parliament to be the first topic of consideration by the Assembly. The Assembly provided a forum for a demographically-representative group of citizens to review the issue and draft a set of recommendations for consideration by the Parliament.

History

The Irish Citizens’ Assembly’s Consideration of the Eighth Amendment was the first use of the Assembly as a consultative body.

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See Also

The Irish Citizens' Assembly (Parent Case)

The Irish Citizens' Assembly (Organization)

Participatory Democracy Pilot 'We the Citizens'

The Irish Constitutional Convention 

 

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Case Data

Overview

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History

Start Date: 
Saturday, November 26, 2016
End Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2016
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Number of Meeting Days: 
10.00

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Government of Ireland
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