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  • « | Main | » begins emigrant voting rights petition campaign

    By Noreen Bowden | March 16, 2015

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    The activist website has begun a new petition campaign calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to end his refusal to hold a referendum on the rights of Irish citizens living overseas to vote in presidential elections. says

    More than 120 countries have provisions for their citizens abroad to cast a ballot. Ireland does not. Engagement with Irish citizens abroad has long been of enormous importance for Ireland. It has been a distinctive feature of efforts to bring a lasting peace to the island. It has built economic links resulting in trade, investment and tourism and the achievements of our citizens have enhanced Ireland’s profile and reputation internationally.

    The issue of voting rights for citizens outside the State has huge popular support and was also recommended by the Convention on the Constitution. The Government recently considered their response to the recommendation of the constitutional convention but have now decided not to go ahead with the referendum needed to allow Irish citizens living abroad to vote in Presidential elections.

    In their Twitter campaign promoting the campaign, quoted yours truly in an infographic.

    The petition has 727 signatures as of this writing. Add your name at

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