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New body for presidential vote extension referendum

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney

By Aine McMahon

A commission has been set up to advise on a referendum on extending voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad and in Northern Ireland.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney made an order establishing an independent statutory commission to explain the referendum and encourage people to vote in it.

The principal function of the commission is to prepare, publish and distribute statements containing a general explanation of the referendum proposal.

It will also promote awareness of the referendum and encourage the electorate to vote.

Irish citizens living abroad and in NI would be able to vote in presidential elections from 2025 onward if it passes.

Mr Justice David Barniville has been nominated to act as chairman to the commission.

The other members are Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy; Ombudsman Peter Tyndall; clerk of the Dail, Peter Finnegan, and clerk of the Seanad, Martin Groves.

The Irish Government approved a Bill to hold the referendum back in June.

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