“Make your voice heard, demand your right to vote” – Doherty
Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has today launched an online petition calling on the government to grant voting rights for all Irish citizens regardless of where they live.
Deputy Doherty will next month fly out to Australia where he will make an effort to speak to all those Irish people who have been forced to move there to find work.
Speaking today Deputy Doherty said:
“Next month I will fly out to Australia where thousands of Irish people have now made their home. For the most part this was not out of choice but because they want to work. These Irish citizens, who through no fault of their own have been forced to leave our shores, are denied the right to vote in Irish elections. But looking closer to home, an hour and a half up the road from here in the north, Irish people are also denied the right to vote and have their say in how their country is run.
“It doesn’t matter if you live in Dublin, Derry or Dubai. Irish people have a right to vote. Forced emigration and partition means that hundreds of thousands of Irish people are denied that right. Sinn Féin wants to change that.
“Today we are launching this online petition which calls on the Taoiseach to extend voting rights in presidential elections and all constitutional reform referenda to the Irish diaspora and citizens in the six counties.
“We are calling on all Irish people to make your voice heard, demand your right to vote, sign the petition and help make a change.”The online petition can be accessed at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-of-the-taoiseach-grant-us-our-voting-rights#