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Citizenship, Emigrants and Voting Rights Post-Brexit

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Join us for a major digital conference to discuss Irish citizenship, the role of emigrants and voting rights.

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Organised by VotingRights.ie and the UCD Clinton Institute, in association with EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and VICA (Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad)

The event will feature a number of prominent Irish politicians and academics, as well as activists and members of the diaspora taking part from around the world.

The conference comes at a crucial time for Irish citizens at home and abroad, with the reality of Brexit now biting, and the global pandemic ongoing. The discussions will respond to the Irish government’s diaspora strategy, and the commitment to a referendum extending the franchise in presidential elections to all Irish citizens.

The event will be attended by Minister for the Diaspora Colm Brophy and Minister for Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan and feature a contribution from Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney. It will include representatives from major political parties across the island of Ireland, including Fine Gael, Sinn Fein, SDLP, the Greens, Alliance, and independent unionists.

Emma DeSouza, citizenship campaigner and Vice Chair of VotingRights.ie, will chair a session on ‘Northern Voices’ and the extension of voting rights to citizens north of the border.

Ben Kelly Vice Chair of VICA will moderate ‘Voices of Emigrants’, the constitutional and legal issues around citizenship and electoral reform.

Also featuring:

  • The release of a major new poll on attitudes to voting rights in Ireland
  • The publication of The Citizenship Papers - a series of essays commissioned to explore what it means to be an Irish citizen.

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