The Mid Ulster District Council has passed a motion calling for the right to vote in the next, and all future presidential elections.
Sinn Féin’s group leader Ronan McGinley proposed the motion during the November meeting of council after the Taoiseach refused to act on the recommendation made by the Constitutional Convention.
Sinn Féin argued that the franchise should be extended to include all Irish citizens, regardless of their place of residency, in order to vote in the next, and all future presidential elections.
Cllr Ronan McGinley said,
“It is understandable that people had an expectation that a referendum would be held following the conventions recommendation . A lot of people have been looking forward to the day that they will be able to vote for their President. The Taoiseach’s decision not to hold a referendum is completely unacceptable”.
“The people of the north and the Irish Diaspora are part of this nation. They should be included in it, not excluded which is what is happening due to the Taoiseach’s decision”.
“I am delighted that the council endorsed the motion tonight, I think it’s appropriate that this council communicates the anger and disappointment felt by the people of Mid Ulster by being denied this right.
“The Taoiseach should reconsider, we have been excluded from the rest of this nation for too long”.
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