members write to Government ministers regarding Decade of Centenaries omission.

Members of have sent the following letter to the Minister for Tourism and the Minister for the Diaspora: WWW.VOTINGRIGHTS.IE                                                                                                    September 30, 2022 Hon. Catherine Martin, TDMinister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 D02 TD30   Hon. Colm Brophy, TD Minister for the Diaspora & Overseas Development Department of Foreign AffairsIveagh House80Continue reading “ members write to Government ministers regarding Decade of Centenaries omission.”

Academic examines delay in Irish emigrant enfranchisement

Teresa Reidy of the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland has published a paper worth reading. Entitled, “Votes, Votes, Votes: Explaining the Long Road to Enfranchisement in Ireland”, it’s in the “Frontiers of Political Science”. The abstract: Enfranchisement of emigrant citizens living outside their home states has been a notable trendContinue reading “Academic examines delay in Irish emigrant enfranchisement”

Brazilians exercise their right to vote from Dublin

From an Irish Times report by Jack Power: Thousands of Brazilians in Ireland queued for several hours to cast overseas votes in the country’s presidential election, where left-wing former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is seeking to unseat right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. One of those waiting in a line that snaked up and downContinue reading “Brazilians exercise their right to vote from Dublin”

Fact Sheet # 1: Key Facts Expanding voting rights is good because expanding the concept of who is Irish is always good. The Early History of Voting in Ireland Until the third decade of the 19th century Catholics could not hold public office including the position of Member of Parliament. In 1829 the Great Liberator Daniel O’ Connell led theContinue reading “Fact Sheet # 1: Key Facts”

Our Value Statement

“We must seek to build together an active, inclusive citizenship; based on participation, equality, respect for all and the flowering of creativity in all its forms.”  President Michael D. Higgins Who We Are: is a national civil society campaign seeking to secure voting rights for all Irish citizens’ in future Presidential elections. This includesContinue reading “Our Value Statement”

Exploring the Citizenship Papers: A Mother’s Loss

Continuing our look at the Citizenship Papers from the tranche of papers launched at our recent conference, this week we look at an essay by Kathleen O’Sullivan of Blackrock, County Cork. Kathleen O’Sullivan is the mother of Morgan O’Sullivan, who emigrated to the US in 2004. Read a few excerpts below, and read the entireContinue reading “Exploring the Citizenship Papers: A Mother’s Loss”

Catch up on the Citizenship Papers

Every week on, we’re going to feature a paper from our Citizenship Papers series. The series was launched at a conference earlier this spring. We’re kicking off with the opening charge from our recent conference, which was given by former Senator Billy Lawless, a co-founder of In his paper, Lawless addresses Ireland’s relationshipContinue reading “Catch up on the Citizenship Papers”

Press Release: Majority support presidential vote for citizens in Northern Ireland and abroad

A majority of people in the Republic of Ireland support extending voting rights in presidential elections to Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and those living abroad, according to a new survey. The study was conducted on the eve of a major online conference on citizenship and voting taking place on March 1. (More details andContinue reading “Press Release: Majority support presidential vote for citizens in Northern Ireland and abroad”

Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post Brexit – Conference

1st March 2021, 8.30am – 3.00pm (GMT) A major digital conference will take place on 1 March 2021 to discuss Irish citizenship, the role of emigrants and voting rights. Organised by and the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD, in association with EPIC: The Emigration Museum and VICA (Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad),Continue reading “Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post Brexit – Conference” to co-host conference: Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post Brexit: March 1, 2021 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 andContinue reading “ to co-host conference: Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post Brexit: March 1, 2021”