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Sinn Féin calls on Irish government to extend voting rights in the Presidential election to citizens in the Six Counties

14 September, 2004


Sinn Féin Dáil Group leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Irish government to implement the recommendations of the all-party Committee on the Constitution and extend voting rights in the upcoming Presidential elections to all Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland. Deputy Ó Caoláin said that Sinn Féin will be raising the matter with the Irish government and at the talks in Leeds Castle later this week.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"For many years now Sinn Féin has been lobbying intensively for northern participation in the political life of the nation, through the all Ireland elements of the Good Friday Agreement and through our campaign for the 18 Westminster MPs elected in the Six Counties to have the right to attend the Dáil and the right of Irish citizens in the Six Counties to vote in Presidential elections.

"With the Presidential elections now less than two months away there is an ideal opportunity for the Irish government to implement the recommendations of the all party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and extend voting rights in Presidential elections to all Irish citizens living on the island of Ireland.

"This is an important part of the peace process and a natural outworking of the Good Friday Agreement. Sinn Féin will be raising the matter with the government and at the talks in Leeds Castle later this week." ENDS

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