Ó Donnghaile to put forward Bill on Northern voting rights as first Seanad act
Sinn Féin’s newly elected Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that he act as a voice for Irish citizens in the North of Ireland. The Senator from East Belfast said that successive Irish governments have shirked their responsibilities to the north, both in terms reconciliation and infrastructural needs.
Senator Ó Donnghaile’s first act as a Senator will be to put forward a Bill on extending voting rights to Northern citizens in Presidential elections.
Senator Ó Donnghaile said;
“I would like to thank the Sinn Féin team that has worked to get all seven Sinn Féin candidates for this Seanad elected; indeed a Sinn Féin candidate was elected on the first count on each of their respective panels.
“I will be a strong voice for Irish citizens in the North of Ireland. Successive Irish governments have shirked their responsibilities and this has been due, in part, to a lack of representation. Backed by my experience as former mayor of Belfast, I will remind any future government that Ireland does not stop at the border. My first act as a Senator will be to put forward a Bill on extending voting rights to Northern citizens in Presidential elections.
“I will use this positon to highlight the infrastructural needs that are often ignored which could have hugely positive results on the border areas in particular. I will also support the full implementation of Acht na Gaeilge. The Irish language requires support in the Oireachtas as it becomes ever clearer that Fine Gael do not see our first language as worthy of either funding or promotion.”