Senator Daly, who is the Fianna Fail spokesperson on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora commented “I absolutely welcome this news and I hope the Minister will work to ensure this is in place by the next election. I produced the first ever policy paper on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora last summer, with voting rights being one of the key proposals. The 3.1 Irish citizens living outside the state deserve a voice in Leinster House and the Senate is the perfect avenue for this.
I was disappointed this issue was not put before the constitutional convention last year, since 2009 almost 400,000 people have emigrated. These people and all Irish passport holders deserve representation.
Minister Deenihan has shown he is very committed to this portfolio and I look forward to continuing to work with him on these issues.