11/03/2014

Sinn Féin Launch Policy Proposal For Irish Diaspora

Sinn Fein has launched its policy proposal on the Irish Diaspora.

Leader Gerry Adams revealed seven key proposals to improve the relationship between the state and Irish citizens overseas.

The proposals are:

1. Extending the right to vote in Presidential elections to Irish citizens living and working outside the State.

2. Extending the right to vote in Dáil and Presidential elections to all adults of voting age and legally resident in the country for at least 5 years.

3. Introducing appropriate diaspora representation in the Dail by way of reserved constituency, with voting rights subject to a valid passport and regular registration requirement.

4. Reform of the Seanad and provide diaspora representation.

5. Appointing a Minister of State for Diaspora Overseas.

6. Establishing a Government taskforce on emigration.

7. Providing permanent provision for diaspora representation on the Council of State

Launching the proposals Mr Adams said: "Sinn Féin is committed to real, participatory democracy, based on equality and inclusivity.

"We advocate extending the right to vote in Dáil and Presidential elections to all adults of voting age and legally resident in the country for at least five years, a reformed Seanad and proper representation for the the diaspora in the Oireachtas.

"The diaspora is an important part of the Irish nation."

(MH)


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