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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 13 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 7

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Voting at Dáil Elections.


asked the Minister for Local Government why American citizens whose names are entered on the Register of Electors cannot vote in Dáil elections; why such persons who are also Irish citizens should not have their names on the register; and whether he will make a statement in order to clarify the situation.

The Constitution reserves the right to vote at Dáil elections to Irish citizens. An American citizen holding Irish citizenship would, therefore, be entitled to be registered in the normal way as a Dáil elector and to vote at Dáil elections. There is no citizenship requirement for entitlement to vote at local elections.