‘Make your voice heard, demand your right to vote’ – Ruane

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has called on local people to sign an online petition calling on the Irish Government to grant voting rights for all Irish citizens regardless of where they live. Sinn Féin is sending a delegation including local activist Noeleen McPolin to Australia to speak to all those Irish people who have been forced to move there to find work. Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said: “A Sinn Féin delegation will fly out to Australia where thousands of Irish people have now made their home. For the most part this was not out of choice but because they want to work. “These Irish citizens, who through no fault of their own have been forced to leave our shores, are denied the right to vote in Irish elections as are Irish people living in the North. It doesn’t matter if you live in Dublin, Derry or Darwin. Irish people have a right to vote.” Ruane continued, “Forced emigration and partition means that hundreds of thousands of Irish people are denied that right. Sinn Féin wants to change that. Today we are launching this online petition which calls on the Taoiseach to extend voting rights in presidential elections and all constitutional reform referenda to the Irish diaspora and citizens in the Six Counties.” “We are calling on all Irish people to make your voice heard, demand your right to vote, sign the petition and help make a change,” she added. The online petition can be accessed at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-of-the-taoiseach-grant-us-our-voting-rights#
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