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Global Irish Forum must focus on Voting Rights for Citizens – Ó Donnghaile

3 May, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Speaking ahead of the Global Irish Civic Forum which begins in Dublin this week, Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that its focus should be on “delivering Voting Rights for all Irish Citizens”.

His comments come after Senator Ó Donnghaile took part in the launch of ten-point reform agenda in Dublin this afternoon, on the eve of the second Global Irish Civic Forum organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Speaking after his address this afternoon, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“I welcome the recent announcement from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the Government is to seek a Referendum on extending Voting Rights in Presidential Elections to all citizens, including the Diaspora and citizens in the North.

“This move is progress; however, we have had promises before.

“I would urge all those participating in the Global Civic Forum to sustain the necessary pressure on the Government to bring forward proposals, without undue delay, to ensure that citizens, no matter where they are, are afforded the most basic tenet of the any democracy and that is the right to vote.

“Now more than ever, we must ensure that we embed and develop the connections, links, and relationships of citizens across Ireland and indeed across our Global Diaspora, which includes the unfulfilled promise of the Good Friday Agreement to extending speaking rights in the Oireachtas for Northern Representatives. This is an ideal opportunity for the Government to prove they are serious about delivering true equality for citizens.” 

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