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e l p m a S My Rights as an Irish Citizen

An easy to read guide to Rights and the Irish Constitution


e l p m a S Who is an Irish Citizen?

Irish citizens are members of the Irish community living in Ireland and in other countries.

Being an Irish citizen means the law sees you as a person or national of Ireland.

Irish Citizens are also citizens of the European union.


e l p m a S What is the Irish Constitution?

The Irish Constitution has been around since 1937.

The Irish Constitution is the law of the country.

You can see the full Constitution on the website of the Department of the Taoiseach.


e l p m a S What does the Constitution say?

The Constitution says how Ireland should be ruled.

It tells us the rights of Irish Citizens.

It says all Irish Citizens are equal.


e l p m a S What does the Constitution say?

The Constitution says Ireland should have a President.

It says Ireland should have a parliament called the Oireachtas and a government.

The Constitution also says Ireland should have a court system to deal with things to do with the law.


e l p m a S The Rights of Irish Citizens

Some of the rights given to Irish Citizens are:

Right to life

Right to own your own things including your own home

Right to work and earn a living

Right to be treated equally and fairly


e l p m a S Right to privacy

Right to choose your religion

Right to have your own ideas and say what you think

Right to freedom


e l p m a S Right to travel and have a pasport

Right not to be hurt or abused

Right to join groups and meet with other people

Right to a family life


e l p m a S How do you change the Irish Constitution?

The government can only change the Constitution by having a referendum.

A referendum is when Irish Citizens vote on one issue or question. Examples include divorce, children’s rights, joining the European Union

There have been over 30 changes to the Constitution since 1937.


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My Rights as an Irish Citizen