Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the publication of the Presidential Voting Right Referendum legislation this evening.
The Dublin Central TD said:
“Sinn Féin has been to the fore in seeking to advance the commitment by government to deliver this referendum.
“A majority who took part in the Convention on the Constitution in 2013 voted in support of extending Presidential voting rights to citizens living outside the state.
“Irish citizens living in the north and amongst Ireland’s diaspora have long campaigned for voting rights, rights that are the norm in other jurisdictions.
“Now that the legislation has been published government must lend its full support to the campaign for a Yes vote and supports the Bill’s passage through the Dáil and Seanad.
“We look forward to debating the Bill itself over the coming weeks. It will be important that all stakeholders and the wider Irish community engage in this process.
“Voting rights for all citizens has been long fought for and hard won. This referendum will provide us all with an historic opportunity to recognise the contribution Irish citizens make to our islands society, economy and diverse culture.”