Irish Post: “Votes for Emigrants”

20 Dec

The Irish Post has carried an article on Irish emigrant voting rights by Peter Geoghegan. In it, the UK-based journalist describes his assumption that he could come home to vote, and his subsequent disillusionment upon learning that this would be illegal.

He concludes:

Given the current political turmoil in Dublin a legally binding resolution permitting Irish men and women abroad to vote is highly unlikely before the next general election.

But the campaign to extend the franchise should not wait until there is a new administration installed in Government Buildings. I wonder how many people in Ireland are aware that emigrants are excluded from the democratic process? Surely it’s time to remind them of this sad fact.

Read the full article on www.peterkgeoghegan.com.

 

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