Irish emigrants deserve to retain right to vote says McSharry

WITH thousands of our young people leaving our shores each week the issue of ensuring our ex-pats retain a say in the way that our country is run has been raised to overwhelming support at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council.

WITH thousands of our young people leaving our shores each week the issue of ensuring our ex-pats retain a say in the way that our country is run has been raised to overwhelming support at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council.

WITH thousands of our young people leaving our shores each week the issue of ensuring our ex-pats retain a say in the way that our country is run has been raised to overwhelming support at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council.

New councillor for Manorhamilton, Sean McSharry, put forward a motion calling on his colleagues to support the extension of voting rights for Local, General, Referendum, European and Presidential Elections of citizens of the Irish Republic who are not resident in Ireland but are in possession of an Irish Passport.

He said that with the upcoming Presidential Election, now was the perfect opportunity to ensure that our ex-pat’s had the right to voice their opinion in the country that “many look to return to”.

The Sinn Fein Councillor said that only two member states of the European Union, Ireland and Portugal, denied voting rights to those citizens living outside the State.

“In other EU countries, citizens are allowed to vote in elections for up to 15 years after they leave the country,” he noted.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.