Referendum to allow Irish citizens overseas to vote announced by Taoiseach

Referendum to allow Irish citizens overseas to vote announced by Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement yesterday while speaking at the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia.

This decision is in line with recommendations made by the Convention on the Constitution in a report they made four years ago.

Mr Kenny said it was a "clear recognition of the importance that Ireland attached to her citizens wherever they were". "It is an opportunity for us to make our country stronger by allowing all of our citizens resident outside the State, including our emigrants, to vote in future presidential elections".

The Irish government will publish a paper looking at the options of moving forward with the proposal at the end of the month.

He said that undocumented Irish immigrants wanted to remain and contribute in the US.

He told the Friendly Sons of St Patrick society that it should be "no surprise" that he raise the issue with Donald Trump later in his Paddy's Day visit.

A Government spokesman said: "The priority at this stage is getting to Washington".

Kenny gives the reporter a 10 out of 10 for his effort.

This is expected to be Mr Kenny's final trip to the USA as Taoiseach - he is tipped to publicly set out his exit plans at the end of this month.

His visit will conclude in NY on Friday.

The Taoiseach is on a week-long USA trip, culminating in a visit to the White House for the traditional Shamrock Bowl ceremony.

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