Referendum on voting rights in presidential election is confusing

Referendum on voting rights in presidential election is confusing

Whether Irish citizens in the North and those living elsewhere should gain the right to vote for our next president are separate issues

The proposed referendum on extending voting rights in presidential elections to all citizens living outside the state conflates two related but distinct issues.

Whether Irish citizens living in the North and citizens living elsewhere should gain the right to vote are separate issues. Putting them to the electorate as one question raises the possibility that key Northern concerns will be confused with issues that have little to do with the North.

It’s already noticeable that,...

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