Cork City Council has unanimously passed a motion proposed by Cllr Nicholas O’ Keeffe calling for voting rights for Irish citizens living abroad.
Prompted by last month’s emotive emotive #hometovote campaign where many emigrants from Britain and around the world travelled home for the Marriage Equality referendum, Cllr O’Keefe’s motion calls on the Irish government to investigate extending voting rights to those abroad.
It is worth noting that many City and County Councils in Ireland passed similar motions calling for marriage equality in the years and months leading up to the referendum.
The motion in full reads:
‘That Cork City Council supports the extension of voting rights for Irish Citizens living abroad. This Council calls on the Government to investigate ways in which these voting rights can be extended to ensure that Irish Citizens continue to have a voice and representation in their home country. The recent ‘home to vote’ campaign which saw thousands of Irish Emigrants return home to vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum underlines the urgent importance of extending voting rights to Irish Citizens abroad.’
(Proposer: Cllr. N. O’Keeffe 15/205)