Referendum to allow Irish diaspora vote for President before 2024

Irish Diaspora Minister Colm Brophy has promised that before 2024 there will be a referendum on whether or not Irish expatriates will be allowed to vote in the presidential election.

e told the Irish Independent that if a referendum grants Irish expatriates a vote, they will be able to vote by mail in the next presidential election in 2025.

“What we want to do in Government is to put legislation in the Order Paper to give the Irish, who would be Irish-born people living abroad, the opportunity to vote in the Presidential election.

“One of the things that will be necessary for this is a referendum, obviously all referendums have been suspended during the pandemic,” he said.

“They would have a referendum and that would allow the people of Ireland to decide whether they wanted to renew this franchise. I think that’s a good idea, we’ve been wanting to expand this for a while.

“It is the only national office that is directly elected by the people.”

He said he will be holding an event later this year to engage with the Irish diaspora so plans for a referendum can move forward.

“We want it to be like this [during the lifetime of this Government], obviously there are all kinds of considerations that contribute to this. We lost a lot of time with Covid and that’s what we wanted to see as a government so that it’s in place for the next presidential election,” he said.

He said whether the diaspora would be able to vote in the next presidential election “is a decision of the Irish people, it is not a government decision”.

There are approximately 70 million Irish living abroad, including Irish born or Irish people.

Currently, Irish citizens living abroad are required to travel home to vote in elections and referendums.

In 2019, a government bill was introduced that would allow non-resident citizens to vote in presidential elections.

Mr Brophy was speaking while co-chairing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Diaspora Summit in Dublin Castle this week.

This is the first time the summit has convened since the pandemic began, and it aims to review global migration policies.

Foreign ministers and ambassadors from 12 countries, including France and India, will attend the summit in Dublin Castle.

“Countries like Mexico, Colombia, Bangladesh, India, countries that have really significant diasporas of their own – those countries are keen to learn from us and our diaspora policies,” said Mr. Brophy. Referendum to allow Irish diaspora vote for President before 2024

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