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Presidential voting rights must extend to all Irish citizens - Ó Donnghaile

17 November, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Taoiseach to reverse a decision not to allow Irish citizens in the north and the Irish diaspora to vote in the 2018 Presidential election. 

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: here is a mixture of deep disappointment and anger among the broad nationalist family in the north at the decision of the Taoiseach not to hold a referendum to change the constitution to allow the people of the north and the Irish diaspora the opportunity to vote for our president in the 2018 election.

ollowing the recommendation for the Constitutional Convention in 2014 that the Irish government should extend the vote there was an understandable expectation that the Taoiseach would implement that recommendation. 

"His failure to do so is totally unacceptable.

"The Taoiseach's decision is contradictory to the political developments over the last 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement where huge efforts have been made to bring the people of this island closer together and to minimise division.

"His decision this week will not help heal divisions on this island.

"I am calling on him to reverse this decision and allow the presidential election of 2018 to become a national and unifying election for all the people of this island and the Irish diaspora.”

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