The referendum to extend voting rights in Irish presidential elections to citizens living abroad has moved one step closer.
It is understood that the Government intends to hold the ballot in October this year, but the legislation will need to be agreed by the Oireachtas first.
A Government spokesman yesterday said the constitutional amendment, if passed, would mean Irish citizens living outside of the State would be able to vote in presidential elections from 2025.
It would also see an increased period of 90 days -up from 60 – for presidential elections to be held, to allow for postal ballots.
The Government also agreed yesterday that two new citizens’ assemblies would be established.
These would separately examine two areas: gender equality and local government for Dublin. The gender equality citizens’ assembly will seek views on the ‘remaining barriers facilitating gender discrimination’, and also on how to ensure women’s full participation at all levels of decision-making, as well as discussing early years parental care and coresponsibility within the family.
A Government spokesman also confirmed a ‘further citizens’ assembly will be established to consider the best model of local government for Dublin, particularly the issue of a directly elected mayor and their powers’.
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