Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (546)

Eoin Ó Broin


546. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to hold a referendum on reducing the voting age to 16 years of age prior to or on the same day as the next general election; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38417/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

At its meeting on 4 December 2018, the Government reviewed further the progress on the overall programme of Bills to amend the Constitution. Having regard to other referenda that are proposed to be progressed in the short term and having particular regard to the heavy legislative programme scheduled for 2019 arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Government agreed that further consideration would have to be given to the timing of a referendum on reducing the voting age to 16.

While the Government remains committed to the holding of a referendum to reduce the voting age to 16 years across all elections, no decision has been taken at this point in time on a date for the holding of the referendum other than it is not proposed that it will be held this year.