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Cullinane calls for support for extension of presidential voting rights

5 October, 2011

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has called for presidential voting rights to be extended to northern citizens and to the Irish diaspora. Senator Cullinane was speaking today ahead of a Seanad debate on a Sinn Féin motion on the extension of presidential voting rights.

He said:

“Extending presidential voting rights to Irish citizens living in the Six Counties is a natural outworking of the Good Friday Agreement which enshrines the rights of people in the north to Irish citizenship.

“The President of Ireland represents all Irish citizens and so all citizens should have the right to decide who the president should be. This should also include the Irish diaspora.

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign on this issue. At the heart of this campaign is equality. We want to see all Irish citizens given the right to vote for a president that will represent the whole island of Ireland and all Irish people.

“I would urge all presidential candidates to indicate their position on the extension of voting rights for northern citizens and for the diaspora ahead of the poll taking place in just a few months’ time.

“I would urge all Senators to support the Sinn Féin motion today.” ENDS

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