Constitutional Convention recommends votes for Irish emigrants in presidential elections

Monday 30 September 2013 12.43
More than 120 countries have provisions allowing emigrants to cast a ballot in national elections
More than 120 countries have provisions allowing emigrants to cast a ballot in national elections

The Constitutional Convention has recommended that Irish people living abroad and in Northern Ireland should be eligible to vote in presidential elections.

More than 120 countries have similar provisions allowing emigrants to cast a ballot in national elections.

Irish emigrants do not currently have the right to vote in Dáil or presidential elections.

The recommendations will now be brought to the Government, who will decide whether to hold a referendum on the issue.