About the 2016 - 2018 Citizens' Assembly

About the 2016 – 2018 Citizens’ Assembly

The establishment of the Citizens Assembly 2016 – 2018 was approved by Resolution of both Houses of the Oireachtas in July 2016.

The Programme for a Partnership Government committed the Government to ‘the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly, within six months and without participation by politicians, with a mandate to look at a limited number of key issues over an extended time period.’

The Resolution set out Citizens’ Assembly 2016 – 2018 to consider the following matters and to make such recommendations as it sees fit and report to the Houses of the Oireachtas

  • The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution
  • How we best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population
  • Fixed term parliaments
  • The manner in which referenda are held
  • How the state can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change