Monday 21 October 2019

Referendum to allow Northern Ireland votes on Irish President due in October


Staff Reporter

GERRY Adams has welcomed a decision by the Dublin government to take forward a Bill for a referendum that would enable Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and further afield to vote in presidential elections.

If the referendum is passed, it would mean Irish citizens living outside the Republic would be able to vote in presidential elections from 2025 onwards.

The poll is scheduled for October.

If successful, it would mean 90-day presidential elections, to allow the diaspora to submit postal votes from around the world.

Former Sinn Fein leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams said the Bill should be "published immediately".

"At a time when the British Home Office is disputing the right of Irish citizens in the North to be recognised as citizens, this is a crucially important piece of legislation," he said.

"Irish citizens living and working outside of the state, and in the context of the Good Friday Agreement, those living in the North, should be able to vote in presidential elections.

"The diaspora is a fundamentally important part of the Irish nation, in both historical and contemporary terms. Extending voting rights and allowing the Irish diaspora to express their democratic voice is a sensible and inclusive action which would improve and strengthen our relationship with the diaspora."

Belfast Telegraph

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