British emigrant group calls on government to give Irish abroad the right to vote
Irish in Britain must get the vote in elections and referenda group say
The Federation of Irish Societies (FIS), a charitable company that draws together Irish clubs and societies in Britain, is calling on the Constitutional Convention meeting in Dublin today to back their demand for the Irish in Britain to get a vote in Irish elections and referenda.
According to IrishinBritain.org, Chief Executive Jennie McShannon pointed out that the British in Ireland can vote in British elections but not the other way around.
'Diaspora engagement cannot stop short,' she said. 'The Constitution promises to cherish the Irish diaspora but denies citizens abroad the most fundamental right to vote.'
FIS chair Doctor Mary Tilki said: 'We believe the Constitutional Convention has the opportunity to redress a serious shortcoming in the provision for Irish citizens resident overseas to participate in the democratic process. The submission made by the Federation of Irish Societies sets out the case for change and puts forward the basis of an alternative approach.'
The federation is encouraging all interested parties to write their own submissions in support of the topic and then upload them on the Constitutions' website
The next convention plenary will take place this weekend in Dublin.
You can watch the discussions live at www.constitution.ie/OnlineStreaming.aspx
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