VotingRights.ie and the Clinton Center for American Studies at UCD will host a virtual conference on March 1st entitled “Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post Brexit”. The conference will feature speakers from across Ireland and the global Irish community, including citizens, activists, academics, and political representatives.
Highlights will include release of a national poll and and a distinguished panel of Northern voices, including citizen activist Emma DeSouza, Matt O’Toole, MLA (SDLP), Stephen Farry MP, Alliance, Sen. Niall Ó Donnghaile, Sinn Fein as well as Prof Colin Harvey of Queens University. Unionist representatives have been invited.
Highlights will also include panels on the constitutional case for allowing all citizens the right to vote and a panel addressing electoral reform as well as voting rights for citizens in Northern Ireland and emigrants. Invitations have been extended to the Minister for Diaspora Colm Brophy, the Minister for Electoral Reform Malcom Noonan and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.
As part of this conference, VotingRights.ie will release a series of 35 essays entitled “The Citizenship Papers” on voting rights, election reform and role and contribution of emigrants in Irish society.
The conference is open to all and will be available globally through Zoom, with full details to be released shortly.