Adams asks Minister about Referendum on Presidential Voting
Speaking in the Dáil today Louth TD Gerry Adams asked Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, when the government plans to publish the date for the referendum on Presidential Voting Rights and the Heads of the Bill dealing with this issue.
The Referendum, which is scheduled for October, is to extend the right to vote in Presidential elections to citizens in the diaspora, including to citizens in the North.
Gerry Adams said:
“The Bill to amend the Constitution to extend the franchise at presidential elections.
"In 2013, the Constitutional Convention agreed that Irish citizens in the North and the diaspora should have the right to vote in presidential elections.
"Last October, the Taoiseach announced that a referendum to extend the right to vote in presidential elections to citizens outside the State would be held in May.
"On 5 February, however, the Government decided to defer the referendum on extending the franchise until October.
"Will the Minister outline the timetable for the publication of the heads of the Bill, the publication date for the Bill, whether he is confident the referendum will be held in October, and whether a specific date has been decided?"
In his response Minister Eoghan Murphy said:
"Earlier this year, the Taoiseach laid out understandably why the delay occurred. A memo on the legislation is due before the Cabinet soon.
"In order to hold a referendum in the autumn, we need to ensure that the Bill is progressed through the House in good time. That will be up to the Oireachtas, but the Government will discuss the memo at its next meeting or the following meeting."