61. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the constitutional referenda scheduled for 2018. [1836/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 26 September 2017, the Government decided on an indicative timetable for a number of referenda to be held in 2018 and 2019. Under this timetable, and subject to passage of the necessary Bills by the Houses of the Oireachtas and formal confirmation of the polling date, it is proposed to hold referendums in October 2018 on the offence of blasphemy (Article 40.6.1°1) and on a woman's life within the home (Article 41.2). These referendums were the subject of recommendations made by the Convention on the Constitution and are included in the Programme for a Partnership Government.
The necessary preparatory work is continuing in my Department with regard to the policy approaches for both referenda in line with the timetable agreed by the Government.