Question Time: Should Irish emigrants have the right to vote?

Question of the Week: Should Irish emigrants have the right to vote? Ciara Kenny, Generation Emigration editor gives her view. What do you think? Have your say below.

Every week we put a question to one of our columnists. This week we ask Ciara Kenny, Generation Emigration editor, whether Irish emigrants should have the right to vote in Irish elections?

While Irish citizens remain on the electoral register for 18 months after leaving the country,  Ireland has no postal vote system to allow them vote without physically returning to the country - as many people did for the same-sex marriage referendum.

More than 120 countries worldwide have some provision for their citizens overseas to vote and Ireland has been criticised by the European Commission for disenfranchising its overseas citizens by not allowing them a vote.

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan told the Global Irish Civic Forum recently that they were considering extending the 18-month voting timeframe to three years without the need for a referendum.

What do you think? Have your say below.

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