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Presidential age vote is defeated
24 May 2015 02:02
The referendum on the age of presidential candidates has been defeated with 73.1% voting No and 26.9% voting Yes.
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A total of 1,412,602 people voted against, while 520,898 people voted in favour.
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Voters were asked whether to reduce the minimum age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21 years.
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Welcoming the expected result earlier today, Professor Colum Kenny of Dublin City University said most citizens of Ireland saw no need to change the institution of the presidency.
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"Most citizens want real reform of our political institutions and regarded the proposal to reduce the age at which one may become president as a trivial measure," Mr Kenny said.
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"Most citizens are well aware of the real needs of young people, and regarded this proposed measure as contemptible."
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Sinn Féin spokesperson on equality, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that although his party had supported the referendum, there were constitutional issues of greater significance which the Government had failed to address.
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"It must be noted that this was a referendum brought about by a Government that failed to deal with bigger constitutional issues,” Mr Mac Lochlainn said. “These include the extension of voting rights to the diaspora and Irish Citizens in the north.
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"The Government has also reneged on its commitment to hold a referendum on extending the right to vote to 16- and 17-year-olds by the end of 2015.”
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