Vote should be extended to North and Irish diaspora - Molloy
Sinn Féin's Francie Molloy has welcomed a proposal to give people in the north a vote in the Seanad but said it does not go far enough.
Mr Molloy said;
"The report of the Seanad Reform Working Group which recommends that voters in the North should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections is welcome.
"However, it does not go far enough in terms of ensuring wide-ranging democratic representation.
"Sinn Féin has consistently argued that the right to vote in Seanad and Presidential elections should be extended to people living in the North and to the Irish diaspora.
"We have called for this at local councils, in the Oireachtas and at the Constitutional Convention.
"The Irish government has backed a Sinn Féin amendment calling for the extension of voting rights in presidential elections to the North.
“They must not act on that and ensure that people in the North are given a voice in the presidential elections.
"This is not just about northern nationalists and republicans; unionists and others who wish to vote in these elections should also have the opportunity to do so."