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Written Answers - Voting Rights

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 341.  Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  his view on voting rights for referendum (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23690/12]

 357.  Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  his views in relation to a native British born person (details supplied) that has been living in Ireland since 1978 being excluded from voting on the upcoming stability treaty referendum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24172/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan I propose to take Questions Nos. 341 and 357 together.

Subject to age and residency requirements, a registered elector’s citizenship determines the polls at which he or she is entitled to vote. British Citizens may vote at Dáil, European Parliament and local elections. Irish Citizens alone are entitled to vote in Presidential elections and referendums. While electoral law is subject to ongoing review, I have no proposals at present to extend the current arrangements for voting by non-Irish citizens.


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