Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) is a London-based group campaigning for Irish citizens living abroad to be able to vote in all elections and referendums in Ireland.
For a country with such a significant history of emigration, it is odd that Ireland is in a small minority of countries that denies its citizens their ability to exercise political rights once they are no longer resident.
We live in a connected world and Irish emigrants maintain strong economic, political and emotional ties to home, and many hope to return to Ireland one day. Irish citizens living abroad, especially recent emigrants, have a stake in the future of Ireland.
They should not be excluded from decision-making, or from being represented, while they’re living outside the State. Political participation is an inherent aspect of citizenship. Irish people do not leave their citizenship behind when they board a plane to London, New York or Sydney.