The Irish Government has announced plans to stage a referendum on whether Irish citizens living outside the Republic’s 26 counties should be given the vote in future presidential elections.
If passed as expected, it would give Irish citizens in the North a vote.
It’s unlikely that the referendum will happen for a few years, meaning it won’t be in place for next year’s presidential election, but it could be in place by 2025.
However leading unionists aren’t happy. Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott has said he doesn’t want polling stations in Northern Ireland.
“That would be imposing on the people of Northern Ireland,” he claimed. “If they need to vote, they need to find another way.”
There are 115 countries around the World which allow its citizens living abroad to vote, including 36 European countries.
In 2010, a polling station was opened in Belfast to enable Polish citizens living here to vote in the country’s presidential election.
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