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Government continuing to treat Irish emigrants as second class citizens – Ó Clochartaigh

3 March, 2015

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Diaspora, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has given a guarded welcome to the Government’s policy document Global Irish. Speaking in response to its publication Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“It is good that the Government has finally set out its stall in relation to its diaspora policy.

“This is a lengthy document and I will need to read it carefully to make an informed assessment of its policy proposals. 

“However it would appear Minister Deenihan has once again dropped the ball in terms of the Irish diaspora. 

“For example, while acknowledging the importance of voting rights for the Irish abroad he goes on to say the Government would first need to analyze the issues that might arise if the franchise was extended.

“In other words, the decision to extend voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad has been put on the long finger.

“In light of the return of high levels of emigration, this is simply not good enough.

“Sinn Fein is calling for diaspora representation in the Seanad and the extension of voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad.   

“Until this happens the government is continuing to treat the Irish abroad as second class citizens.” 

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