Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (414)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

414. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when he plans to hold the referendum to extend voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad in presidential elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50748/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Presidential Elections) Bill 2019 was published by the Tánaiste on 16 September 2019 and has been initiated in Dáil Éireann.  My colleague, Minister Murphy, made an order establishing a Referendum Commission on 26 September 2019.

When the Bill is passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas, section 10 of the Referendum Act 1994 requires the Minister to make an order appointing the day upon which the poll for the proposed referendum will take place.  The Act provides that the polling day shall be not less than thirty days and not more than ninety days after the date of the order.