Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (335)

Patrick Nulty

Question:

335. Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in view of the ongoing emigration, his views on whether Irish citizens have a stake in their democracy, no matter where they live and that many still contribute to the State from abroad; his views on the fact that many countries have provisions for expatriate voting but that this is absent in the Irish context; if he will consider legislating for voting rights for Irish passport holders abroad for a period of up to 10 years after leaving here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11460/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Constitutional Convention will be considering issues relating to the Dáil electoral system and giving citizens resident outside the State the right to vote in Presidential elections at Irish embassies or otherwise. Proposals for change to electoral law will be brought forward in light of the decisions for change which may arise from this process.