Adams welcomes announcement on Presidential Voting rights
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the announcement that the Government has agreed to hold a referendum which will allow Irish citizens in the North and overseas the right to vote in Presidential elections.
Gerry Adams said:
“Sinn Féin has been pressing the Irish Government since the Good Friday Agreement to allow for citizens in the North and in the diaspora to have the vote in Presidential elections.
“The Taoiseach’s announcement today is very welcome, but the Government needs to quickly clarify what this means in practice and when the referendum will be held.
“Last November, the Taoiseach, in a reply to me in the Dáil, ruled out a referendum this year or next. This would mean that the vote would not be available for citizens in the North or the diaspora before 2025.
“The Constitutional Convention voted on this issue in September 2013. A significant majority of its members agreed to extend voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad and in the North. In November 2015, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs made a recommendation to extend the voting rights also, following criticism by the European Commission.
“Sinn Féin believes that 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.”