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‘Now is the time to set a date for voting rights referendum’ – Ó Donnghaile

27 September, 2022 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin’s Seanad Leader Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Irish government to set a date for a referendum on extending Presidential Voting Rights.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“Holding a referendum on extending the right to vote in Presidential elections to people in the north and the diaspora is a long-standing Irish government commitment and is contained in the programme for government. 

“The diaspora minister stated earlier this year, that a referendum would be held before 2024 and I am again urging the government now to set the date and introduce the referendum bill into the Oireachtas. 

“People living in the north of Ireland, and the diaspora living overseas, should have the right to vote to elect our President.

“There is widespread support among political parties and civic society for a referendum. Now is the time to set a date.” 

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