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Give Irish abroad a vote in Presidential elections – Adams

19 December, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has called for support for a Christmas initiative by young Irish emigrants campaigning for the right to vote in the 2018 Presidential election.

The ‘Toast for a Vote’ campaign aims to get Irish citizens all over the world to raise a glass to giving emigrants the right to vote in Presidential elections.

The young Irish emigrant group, ‘We’re Coming Back’ is encouraging Irish people at home and abroad to take part in a simultaneous toast this Christmas weekend, by raising a glass to an emigrant vote, and to submit a photo online.

The Facebook campaign has over 500 people taking part in ‘The Quiet One 2013’ and the group is hoping many more people will join in at the weekend.

Sinn Fein President and Louth TD Gerry Adams said:

“I think the ‘Toast for a Vote’ is a fantastic idea. I recently attended events in London and New York attended by large numbers of the young Irish people forced to emigrate as a result of the disastrous policies of successive Irish Governments.

“Young Irish citizens scattered across the globe don’t want to be away from their families, especially at Christmas. Many rightly believe that the government has adopted forced emigration as a policy choice.

“It is time now that the Irish Constitution reached out to the children of the diaspora scattered around the globe.

“Sinn Fein has long demanded the right to votes in Presidential Elections for Irish emigrants.

“I commend the We’re Coming Back group for their imagination and initiative and I urge everyone to support the ‘Toast for a Vote’ campaign.”


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