Thursday 22 March 2018

Kevin J Sullivan: Ireland's next major step toward inclusion would be giving a vote to citizens abroad

Photo: Steve Humphreys
Photo: Steve Humphreys

Kevin J Sullivan

As Ireland moves on from its Centennial celebration, Irish citizens around the world are still making sense of it all. We were delighted that the Irish abroad were featured in the Centenary closing event and even more pleased that the video uniting the Irish abroad with the Irish at home in reciting the Proclamation got great reviews.

Yet, at the same time, our awareness of our exclusion is heightened, as the contrast between old ideals and current realities are laid bare.

While the nation has the Proclamation fresh in mind, we would like to highlight that its signatories called for a new national government representative of "the whole people of Ireland" and elected by "the suffrages of all her men and women". That word 'all' would surely include us, Ireland's overseas citizens, including one of six Irish-born people. Yet here we are a hundred years later, without the vote.

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