Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed suggestions that the Irish government are to hold a referendum on extending Presidential Voting Rights to citizen’s in the North and amongst the diaspora.
Raymond McCartney said:
“Sinn Féin has long campaigned for the extension of this franchise and we look forward to the opportunity to campaign on a referendum.
“An Taoiseach must ensure there is no further delay in bringing that referendum forward, he must act in the interest of all those who are Irish citizens and seek to engage with the democratic life of Ireland.
“A basic tenet of any democracy is the right of citizens to vote.
“At a time when we face increased uncertainty as a result of a reckless Tory Brexit agenda anything that binds our country together and creates equality among citizens across Ireland and indeed across our Global Diaspora is a good thing.
“Last week during Guy Verhofstadt’s visit to Ireland my party colleague Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile put it to him that our EU citizenship must not be partial and he agreed, this must also apply to our Irish citizenship in Ireland.
“We must have our full rights and equality.”