Each of the political parties will be publishing manifestos during the general election campaigns, and as they do we will update our manifesto ‘scorecard’.
This scorecard will assign a rating to each manifesto according to the commitments, if any, they make on the issue of extending the franchise to Irish citizens living abroad.
Fine Gael: Amber – “We will fully explore the matter of voting rights for Irish citizens resident outside the State, with a view to holding a referendum on giving them the right to vote in presidential elections.”
Labour: Red – No mention of the issue.
Fianna Fáil: Amber – “We are committed to proposing to the people the expansion of voting rights for Irish citizens resident abroad, including Irish citizens in Northern Ireland, to Presidential elections.”
Sinn Féin: Amber – “We will introduce the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Presidential Voting) Bill to extend Presidential voting rights to citizens in the North and abroad”.
Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit: Red – No mention of the issue.
Renua: Red – No mention of the issue.
Social Democrats: Amber – Manifesto contains a commitment to “Improved voting rights for recent emigrants.”
Green Party: Red – No mention of the issue.