Does the Constitution support the disenfranchisement of Irish citizens?

22 Oct

It doesn’t seem like it. Article 2 clearly defines the Irish Nation as including all those born on the island of Ireland, or otherwise entitled to citizenship. Article 1 asserts a number of “inalienable, indefeasible, and sovereign” rights for the Irish nation. How can the government justify the disenfranchisement of the fifth of the Irish nation that lives abroad?

Article 1

CONSTITUTION OF IRELAND – BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN

THE NATION

The Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable, indefeasible, and sovereign right to choose its own form of Government, to determine its relations with other nations, and to develop its life, political, economic and cultural, in accordance with its own genius and traditions.

Article 2

It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas, to be part of the Irish Nation. That is also the entitlement of all persons otherwise qualified in accordance with law to be citizens of Ireland. Furthermore, the Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to “Does the Constitution support the disenfranchisement of Irish citizens?”

  1. Seamus January 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Does this mean some sort of court challenge could be made?

    • Noreen Bowden January 7, 2011 at 1:52 am #

      Well, I don’t know if a court case would succeed, but it does seem to me that a bit of clarification on this would be helpful!

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