Diaspora.ie: “Irish Emigrant Voting Rights Petition”

3 Jan

Diaspora.ie has launched a petition supporting emigrant voting rights.

It’s worth signing, and it’s also worth reading these thoughts from the site:


  • We are in a new era of mass emigration
  • Modern communication systems allow citizens abroad to keep up to date
  • Most emigrants currently leaving envisage returning to Ireland in the future
  • Recent EU research shows that young Irish have a higher than average interest in politics
  • Ireland is looking for new ways to engage with its diaspora
  • Irelands emigrants invariably refer to Ireland as home
  • We can either cherish the bond, or not!
  • A healthy diaspora relationship relies on both mutual benefit and mutual responsibility

The petition supports a simple principle:

“I believe in the principle of voting rights for Irish emigrants and I request that the Irish government identify and implement a fair system of voting rights for Irish citizens abroad.’

Read more and sign the petition at www.diaspora.ie.

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