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Reilly welcomes decision of Navan Town Council to support extension of Voting Rights

4 March, 2004

Meath County Councillor Joe Reilly has welcomed the decision of his fellow councillors to support his motion calling for An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, to introduce legislation that would allow Irish citizens in the Six Counties the right to vote in the Presidential Elections.

Cllr Reilly said:

"The big idea underpinning of the Good Friday Agreement was the issue of equality. The rights of Irish citizens in the Six Counties to participate in and to be part the political life of this island is an issue of equality.

Pointing out that as President of Ireland President Mary McAlease was unable to vote for herself because her home address was in Co. Down he said that rights of MP's, MLA's to attend and participate in debates in Leinster House, as promised by An Taoiseach, needs to be addressed immediately".ENDS

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