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Referendum of 7 June 2001
24th Amendment
Treaty of Nice I





This amendment was REJECTED

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The Referendum Commission website does not have information on this Amendment, but see material for the 26th Amendment - the second (successful) attempt to ratify the Treaty of Nice.

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The Question

Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the undermentioned Bill?

Twenty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (No 2) Bill, 2001

That Bill contains the detailed proposals for changing Article 29 of the Irish Constitution. This Article deals with international relations and includes provisions already inserted following the referendums held to ratify membership of the European Communities (1972), the Single European Act (1987), the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) (1992), and the Treaty of Amsterdam (1998).

  1. Proposed subsection: Article 29.4.7°

    "The State may ratify the Treaty of Nice amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related Acts signed at Nice on the 26 February, 2001."

  2. Proposed subsection: Article 29.4.8°

    "The State may exercise the options or discretions provided by or under Articles 1.6, 1.9, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13 and 2.1 of the Treaty referred to in subsection 7° but any such exercise shall be subject to the prior approval of both Houses of the Oireachtas."

You will be required to vote yes or no on the proposal on Thursday 7 June, 2001.

The Explanation

The Treaty of Nice

The Treaty of Nice was agreed by the Heads of State or Government of the EU Member States on 11 December 2000. After the text of the Treaty was translated and finalised, it was then signed by the Foreign Ministers of the EU Member States on 26 February, 2001.

The main purpose of the Treaty of Nice is to make some changes in the institutions which govern the EU. Important institutional changes will involve:

  • changes in the membership of the European Commission
  • changes in the decision making in the Council of Ministers including enhanced co-operation
  • changes in the membership of the European Parliament
  • other institutional changes affecting other organs of the EU

In addition to these institutional changes, the Treaty deals with other important issues such as:

  • the EU's common foreign and security policy
  • human rights
  • social protection

The Governments of the existing Member States are of the opinion that the institutional changes are necessary to allow an enlarged EU to function properly. Enlargement negotiations are currently proceeding with the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Turkey has also been given candidate status.

Map of the Result

Donegal North East Donegal South West Click for Dublin Area results Dublin North: NO 4.30% Dublin North East: NO 12.90% Dublin North Central: NO 14.18% Dublin North West: NO 16.33% Dublin West: NO 11.85% Dublin Central: NO 20.10% Dublin South West: NO 23.16% Dublin South Central: NO 11.61% Dublin South East: NO 1.41% Dublin South: YES 3.76% Dun Laoghaire: YES 7.15%

All percentages refer to majorities - move the mouse over each constituency to see its name and majority. Dublin South (3.76%) and Dun Laoghaire (7.15%) were the only constituencies to return YES votes in this Referendum. Dublin South West returned the highest NO majority (23.16%).

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