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Adams welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on presidential voting rights

4 October, 2011

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the commitment in the Dáil today by the Taoiseach that the constitutional convention will consider the issue of voting rights, including those of Irish citizens in the north, for future Presidential elections.

Mr. Adams asked the Taoiseach if he accepted that “the extension of voting rights to all Irish citizens and passport holders would be a natural outworking of the Good Friday agreement, which enshrines the right of the people of the North to Irish citizenship? Has the Taoiseach given any further consideration to extending the franchise for presidential elections north of the border?  Perhaps that can be considered in the context of the upcoming planned constitutional convention.”

In his reply the Taoiseach said: “I have given some consideration to the Deputy's suggestion.  It is right that the constitutional convention should consider this matter.  I hope to announce the establishment of the convention after the Presidential election.  Obviously, I will consult the Opposition leaders before doing so.  It will then be a matter for the constitutional convention to consider and take hearings about the matter and a range of other issues that will fall within its legitimate remit, including the presidential period of service”.

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