Convention tackles emigrant vote

The issue of voting rights for emigrants will be dealt with in the upcoming Constitutional Convention, the Irish deputy prime minister has said.

Eamon Gilmore said that some way would have to be found to give recognition to the Irish abroad.

He said this was particularly important to recent emigrants.

Mr Gilmore said the Irish government would look at the issue of votes for emigrants only for presidential elections at the convention.

Campaigners say any Irish citizen living overseas should be entitled to vote in Ireland.

But opponents say the sheer numbers involved could distort domestic election results and there should be no representation without taxation.