Okay, as I created this nodeshell several months ago, I feel it is my duty to fill it, now that I have a copy of the document to hand.
Introduction: The constitution of Ireland, properly called Bunreacht na hÉireann (more on the language issue later), was written by Eamon de Valera in 1936 and adopted in a referendum by the citizens of the Irish Free State in 1937. It represents the culmination of de Valera's campaign of unilaterally severing all institutional links with Britain, and replacing the Free State with an independent country which eventually came to be known as the Republic of Ireland. De Valera intended his new country to include the six counties of Northern Ireland, but as he had no practical way of achieving this, he fudged the issue with a couple of contentious constitutional articles (2 and 3), which were eventually repealed in 1998, as part of the Good Friday Agreement.
Language: The document contains both English and Irish versions. I only intend to node the English version here, but it should be noted that the official version is that in the Irish language: in the case of a dispute arising out of an ambiguous translation, the Irish text is taken to be the definitive. As far as I'm aware, a major dispute of this kind has never arisen.
The articles: I've decided to node this article by article. As some of these are quite short, I am aware that I am opening myself to accusations of noding for numbers. However, it should make up no more than about 60 nodes, and some of the articles are indeed quite long. I considered doing it by heading, but some of the headings take in a very large amount of text. It is hoped that having a node for each article, coupled with the index on this node, will be the most convenient and logical format.
Constitution of Ireland
Enacted by the People 1st July, 1937
In operation as from 29th December, 1937
This text of the Constitution is a copy of the text enrolled on 27 May, 1999 pursuant to Article 25.5.2° except that:
the Transitory Provisions (Articles 51-63) are omitted as required by their terms; the Irish text has been altered so as to make it conform to modern standardized Irish; the twentieth amendment, enacted subsequent to enrolment, is incorporated; the new Articles 2 and 3 and the new section 8 in Article 29 are inserted pursuant to the provisions of the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1998. Amendments effected since the Constitution was enacted in 1937 up to the time of printing of this edition (December 1999) are listed below.
The National Parliament
Constitution and Powers:
Time for Consideration of Bills:
Signing and Promulgation of Laws:
Reference of Bills to the Supreme Court:
Reference of Bills to the People:
The Attorney General
The Council of State
The Comptroller and Auditor General
Trial of Offences
Directive Principles of Social Policy
Amendment of the Constitution
Repeal of Constitution of Saorstát Éireann and Continuance of Laws