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    What if emigrants had been allowed to vote?

    By Noreen Bowden | October 25, 2007

    There’s an interesting opinion piece in the Irish Examiner about emigrant voting rights, contrasting the situation with the Polish vote in Ireland with the fact that Irish emigrants have never been given the vote.

    The writer queries the potential impact of an emigrant vote:

    Irish emigrants have never been allowed to vote in Irish elections, which raises the intriguing question: if they had had the vote at a time when emigration was so pervasive, could they have transformed the politics of Ireland? Would the leaders of the Irish political parties have found themselves addressing election meetings in Kilburn, Coventry, Birmingham, Boston and New York, promising that a vote for them was a vote to end the emigrants’ exile?

    Read the entire article.

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