“Calls grow for election votes for Irish abroad”, says Journal.ie

7 Jan

The Journal.ie website picks up a Daily Mail article that appeared today. The Daily Mail article isn’t online, but the Journal.ie gives a good summary:

THE GOVERNMENT has faced fresh calls to allow Irish expatriates register to vote in the forthcoming general election, after it emerged that it shelved an official report recommending that Irish citizens be allowed to vote regardless of where they live.

Today’s Irish Daily Mail says that a report from the Oireachtas committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, commissioned in 2009 and which advocated that non-resident Irish citizens be given a vote in general elections, has been ‘mothballed’ by the state.

The Journal.ie article includes a few words from my quotes in the article:

Noreen Bowden of GlobalIrish.ie, which advocates voting rights for expatriates, said successive government hadn’t “seen it as a good thing to be able for people to be able to give their verdict on how the economy has been handled.”

Read the whole article on the Journal.ie website.

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