Electoral law

Plan to ban political parties having social media managed abroad 'unworkable'

Plans to reform electoral laws to prevent political parties from having their social media accounts managed from outside of Ireland could be "unworkable", the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has suggested.

Published 13 April 2021

Rights watchdog settles with Northern Ireland Office over election address disclosure

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has settled a case against the Northern Ireland Office over the requirement for local election candidates to disclose their home address.

Published 26 January 2021

Proposals for 'most significant electoral reform in decades' published

Legislative proposals to reform the electoral process, including by establishing an Electoral Commission for Ireland, regulating online advertising and amending the law to reflect Covid-19 restrictions, have been published.

Published 11 January 2021

Proposals for new electoral boundaries quashed in Court of Appeal

Controversial proposals to redraw constituency boundaries for Westminster elections in Northern Ireland have been quashed after a legal challenge from a Belfast resident.

Published 5 June 2020

Independent TD challenges delay to Tipperary vote

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has brought High Court proceedings aimed at allowing the vote in the Tipperary constituency in this Saturday's general election to go ahead.

Published 5 February 2020

Máiría Cahill granted leave to challenge election address disclosure rules

Former SDLP councillor Máiría Cahill has been granted leave by the High Court in Belfast to challenge the requirement for local election candidates to disclose their home address.

Published 4 February 2020

Challenge to redrawing of electoral constituencies to be heard on appeal

A challenge to the redrawing of electoral constituencies in Northern Ireland will be heard by the Court of Appeal in Belfast tomorrow.

Published 22 January 2020

MPs call for Electoral Commission to be given prosecutorial powers

The Electoral Commission should be given the power to initiate prosecutions at both national and local levels, a cross-party group of MPs has recommended.

Published 20 January 2020

Court to rule on challenge to election candidate address disclosure

The High Court in Belfast will hand down its ruling on Monday on a legal challenge to the requirement for local and European election candidates to disclose their home address.

Published 22 November 2019

Bill for referendum on Irish presidential elections franchise published

Draft legislation to hold a referendum on allowing Irish citizens abroad and in Northern Ireland to vote in presidential elections has been submitted to the Dáil.

Published 17 September 2019

Ethics watchdog calls for 'full legislative review' of electoral laws

The Standards in Public Office Commission has called for a "full legislative review" of electoral legislation to ensure it is fit for the 21st century.

Published 25 July 2019

Election candidate with restraining orders forced to withdraw over address discrepancy

A sitting councillor has been forced to withdraw from next month's local government elections after refusing to publicly disclose her home address.

Published 5 April 2019