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Ó Donnghaile welcomes announcement of referendum on Presidential voting rights

24 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said extending Presidential voting rights to citizens in the north and the Irish diaspora is an important step in ensuring equality for all Irish citizens.

And he said this would make the office of Uachtarán truly representative of the people.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“Giving Irish citizens in the north the opportunity to vote for our President is a practical expression of the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The Agreement upholds the right of people in the north to Irish citizenship and to provide equal treatment for the identity, ethos, and aspirations of both communities in this part of Ireland.

“I therefore welcome the announcement the Irish Government has at long last agreed to hold a referendum on presidential voting rights.

“Sinn Féin has long been leading this campaign and pressing consecutive  Irish governments for the extension of voting rights since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. 

“This issue has been a priority for me since entering the Seanad and I look forward to the campaign for equality that lies ahead. 

“Full, participatory and equal citizenship and allowing Irish citizens in the north and overseas this most basic entitlement, the right to vote in Presidential elections, is a positive advance for everyone in Irish life.”

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