Which Irish citizens can vote from abroad?

22 Oct

There are a small number of Irish citizens who can vote from abroad. Those with the privilege are limited to the following:

  • Members of the armed forces and the diplomatic services are able to vote in Dail elections
  • NUI and Trinity graduates can vote in the Seanad
  • Those temporarily away from home for fewer than 18 months can also register to vote, at their home address in Ireland.

Contrary to what some people think, it’s not legal to come home to vote if you are an emigrant living abroad who intends to be away for longer than 18 months. In fact, such an act is punishable by two years in jail.


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