The Library & Research Service has published a research note on Article 41.2 of the Constitution of Ireland, which recognises the importance of a woman’s life within the home.

The L&RS Note analyses gender inequality in Ireland and the history of Article 41.2 and considers recent proposals to repeal or amend the Article. It pays particular attention to the limited practical impact of Article 41.2 and considers the symbolic value of amending or repealing it.

Article 41.2.1° of the Constitution of Ireland states that “In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.”

The Taoiseach has indicated plans to hold a referendum in October 2018, in conjunction with a referendum to repeal Article 40.6.1° which provides that blasphemous publications will be punishable by law.

To read the L&RS Note on Article 41.2 of the Constitution, visit the L&RS Research and analysis page.