Monday 24 April 2017

I can vote in UK but not country I was born in: fixing this is least State can do for diaspora

President Michael D Higgins. Photo :PA
President Michael D Higgins. Photo :PA

Fergal Davis

The Cabinet is set to back a referendum to grant voting rights for the Irish abroad. But be under no illusions: the diaspora will not fall to their knees to give thanks. This is the least they could offer.

In November, Americans across the globe cast their ballot for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

As an Irish-Australian dual citizen, currently resident in London, I was legally compelled to vote in the 2016 Australian Federal elections. Irish citizens voting in presidential elections would be a welcome, but minimalist reform.

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