Count us in for election, new citizens say
NEW Irish citizens have warned politicians not to ignore their votes.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) launched its 'Count us in' campaign yesterday, reminding candidates that thousands of those voting will be people who have migrated to Ireland and are citizens.
Some 10 pc of the Irish population is now made up of migrants. More than 6,000 became citizens in the last year.
But the ICI claim these important voters are largely ignored by politicians.
"Ireland is a diverse society now, and politicians need to recognise that somebody's skin colour or accent is not necessarily an indicator of their citizenship status or voting rights," ICI integration manager Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo said.