Fianna Fáil abstention on voting age is a ‘slap in the face to young people’ – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has described the decision of Fianna Fáil Senators to abstain on the issue of lowering the voting age to 16 for local and European elections as a ‘slap in the face to young people'.
Speaking on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell hit out at Fianna Fáil’s failure to support the Bill brought forward by senators Fintan Warfield and Lynn Ruane:
“It is absolutely extraordinary that we saw Fianna Fáil Senators abstain on this very important vote which sought to extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds .
“Fianna Fáil claimed in their 2016 ‘Engaging the Future’ policy document that they would support lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 for local elections. Unfortunately it has become all too common for Fianna Fáil to say one thing and do the other.
“Through their inaction, Fianna Fáil have ensured that 126,000 young people will miss out on voting in upcoming European and local elections.
"For a party which claims it wants to see more young people involved and engaged in the political process this is simply a slap in the face. The message to young people should be clear: you cannot trust Fianna Fáil.”