Irish constitutional referendums, 1979

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Two referendums were held together in Ireland on 5 July 1979, each on a proposed amendment of the Irish constitution. Both proposals were approved by voters.

Sixth Amendment[edit]

The Sixth Amendment to the constitution provided that orders made by the Adoption Board could not be declared unconstitutional because they were not made by a court.

Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland referendum
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 601,694 98.97%
No 6,265 1.03%
Valid votes 607,959 97.51%
Invalid or blank votes 15,517 2.49%
Total votes 623,476 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 2,179,466 28.61%

Seventh Amendment[edit]

The Seventh Amendment to the constitution allowed the state to determine by law which institutions of higher education would be entitled to elect members of the Senate.

Seventh Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland referendum
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 552,600 92.40%
No 45,484 7.60%
Valid votes 598,084 96.06%
Invalid or blank votes 24,562 3.94%
Total votes 622,646 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 2,179,466 28.57%

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