Full Voting Rights for the Irish abroad

Eileena Morrow
Eileena Morrow 8 Comments
309 Signatures Goal: 500

Over three million Irish citizens living and working abroad are unable to vote and about 1 million of these were born and lived for most of their lives in Ireland. Ireland is currently experiencing another wave of emigration but with the exception of diplomats, the Defence Forces and an Garda Síochána, the current system prevents Irish citizens abroad from voting. 

We believe there is a richness to be gained by including the voices of Ireland's emigrants in shaping our country's future. Constitutional reform will be needed to implement voting rights for Irish emigrants or the Irish holidaying abroad. We will need the legislation to activate our constitutional right to vote as Irish citizens, whether we are in the UK, US or further afield. 

Over 115 nations, including 36 European countries and countries with high rates of emigration, have established succesful systems which allow their emigrants to vote. Ireland is one of just a handful of developed nations that does not provide expatriate citizens living abroad with the ability to vote.

This petition calls on the Irish government to: Enact legislation enabling Irish citizens living or holidaying abroad to vote in ALL elections and referenda.  

If you are an Irish citizen, please sign this petition and share it with your friends and family to ensure that all our voices are counted. Leave a comment and let us hear your opinion on this issue.  

For more information, please check the links at the side of the page.

Links

  • Alana Harkin
    Alana Harkin United Kingdom, London
    May 17, 2016
    May 17, 2016
    We are children of Ireland, it is constitutional right to vote. We may left the country but we should be allowed to vote. Over 110 countries have right to vote whilst abroad. Give Irish immigrants equal rights.
  • Eve
    Feb 07, 2015
    Feb 07, 2015
    I had to leave because there are no jobs at home, and now I lose all my rights as a citizen when it comes to voting, but they have no problem taxing my wages from abroad if I come home. If I'm paying the taxes I should at least have a voice.
  • Eve
    Eve Korea, Jinju
    Feb 07, 2015
    Feb 07, 2015
    I had to leave because there are no jobs at home, and now I lose all my rights as a citizen when it comes to voting, but they have no problem taxing my wages from abroad if I come home. If I'm paying the taxes I should at least have a voice.
  • Ciara O' Sullivan
    Ciara O' Sullivan Australia, Perth
    Dec 08, 2014
    Dec 08, 2014
    I intend to move home in the coming years and feel I should have a say in how the country is being run so I know what I'm moving home to
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Signatures

  • 1 year ago
    Alana Harkin United Kingdom
    1 year ago
  • 2 years ago
    Gerry Molumby United Kingdom
    2 years ago
  • 2 years ago
    Sarah Louise Kernan United Kingdom
    2 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    Eve
    3 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    Ciara O' Sullivan
    3 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    Fiona Gwozdz
    3 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    Niall O'Connor
    3 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    Alison Byrne
    3 years ago
  • 3 years ago
    siobhan heffernan
    3 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Cillian Donnachadha Ireland
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Cillian O Donnachadha Ireland
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Peter O'Sullivan United Kingdom
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Katie maher Australia
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Sharon Sexton United Kingdom
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Mark Keane Netherlands
    4 years ago
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