Manifesto scorecards

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.

 

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