Senate Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora Senator Mark Daly has described as unbelievable the statement by Minister Brian Hayes in todays Irish Post. In the article the Minister is reported to have said that ‘the growth of social media has eliminated their need for a political voice at home’.
Senator Daly commented “That an Irish Minister has said this is an extraordinary example of the governments undemocratic attitude and I am now calling on the Minister to apologise. The power grab continues, they may wish to make people believe that they are going to reform the Dail after the referendum but it is clear that the real aim is to centralise power.
It is a disgrace that we are one of only 4 countries in Europe who do not give any votes to its citizens living overseas, said Senator Daly.
In a recently published policy document Senator Daly proposed that in a reformed Seanad every citizen born in Ireland regardless of where they live should be allowed to vote for someone to be their voice in Leinster House.
‘I would ask all those living overseas to get in touch with their family, relatives and friends at home to vote No on the governments proposal to abolish the Seanad. As we can see from the Ministers statement a reformed Seanad is the only place where we can give our citizens living outside of the State a voice in Leinster House. The Ministers idea that Facebook is a substitute for a vote is incredible, especially in the run up to the constitutional convention this weekend where the idea of giving the Irish overseas a vote is being considered.
Link to Irish Post Article