31 Beal 2017, 17.10

The Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government will meet tomorrow to conduct detailed scrutiny of the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Presidential Voting) Bill 2014 [PMB].

The meeting will comprise two separate sessions:

Session A: Mr. Seán Crowe T.D.; Mr. Gerry Adams T.D.

Session B: Officials from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The meeting will start at 9.30am in Committee Room 1, Leinster House.

Committee Chairperson, Maria Bailey TD, said: “This Bill, sponsored by Deputies Adams and Crowe, proposes to lower the voting age for presidential elections to 16 and extend presidential election voting rights to Irish citizens worldwide. Tomorrow’s meeting is particularly timely in light of the government’s announcement in March that a referendum would be held to amend Article 12 of the constitution to allow Irish citizens resident outside the State to vote in Irish presidential elections. The process will undoubtedly be complicated and costly, so Committee members will want to ensure that this Private Members Bill offers a fair and cost-efficient plan for extending the franchise.”

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Committee membership


Maria Bailey - Cathaoirleach

Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil

Anti-Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit

Fianna Fáil


Sinn Féin

Fine Gael



Fine Gael

Green Party