- Mar 20, 2008
An interesting suggestion, but ultimately meaningless, isn't it? It would be interesting if the Dáil made some some sort of constituency group for the North, similar to how the US allows territories (like Peurto Rico) to have delegates in Congress. They can't vote on floor votes, but can vote in committees.Calling for an all-island debate, involving unionists, on achieving Irish unity by peaceful means, he said: “A start could be made next year by granting to Irish citizens in the six counties the right to vote in the presidential election. The current Uachtarán na hÉireann is a native of Belfast but if she had still lived there at the time of her election she would not have been able to vote for herself.
As an Irish citizen living abroad, I'm completely against the idea of giving the vote to citizens living abroad - I think there are too many and the people whose everyday lives were to be affected would have their votes diluted, in effect.
'Militarist factions' in North denounced by McGuinness - The Irish Times - Mon, Jul 19, 2010