Workshop: Votes, Votes, Votes; at home, abroad and at 16

On 16 November 2016, there will be a one-day workshop looking at voting rights reform in Ireland. There will be two areas of focus; voting rights for emigrants and reducing the voting age to 16. The programme includes academics and campaigners. The workshop will take place in the offices of the National University of Ireland on Merrion Square. The workshop is free and everyone is welcome. Please use the Event Brite link below to register. The is a joint initiative of the Department of Government at University College Cork and the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by a grant from the Irish Research Council under the New Foundations Scheme.


Votes, Votes, Votes

At Home, Abroad and at 16

November 16, 2016

National University of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin


11 – 1  Session One    Voting Rights for Emigrants

Chair: Marie Claire McAleer (National Youth Council of Ireland)

Introductory Remarks


Procedures for External Voting

Theresa Reidy (University College Cork)


Voting Rights of Irish Citizens Abroad

Dominic Hannigan (Former Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs)


Votes for emigrants: time to right an historical wrong?

Piaras MacÉinrí (University College Cork)


1 -2 Lunch


2 – 4 Session Two      Extending Voting Rights to 16 and 17 Year Olds

Chair: Theresa Reidy (University College Cork)


Sweet sixteen voting: Reflections from the 2014 Finnish Congregational Election

Hanna Wass (University of Helsinki)


Votes at 16 – Lessons from Scotland

Molly Kirby (Scottish Youth Parliament)


Campaigning on the voting age in Ireland

James Doorley (National Youth Council of Ireland)


The UK Campaign for Votes and 16

Will Brett (Electoral Reform Society)


Voting Age Extension Bill (2016)

Fintan Warfield (Sinn Féin)


There is no charge for this event but we ask that delegates register through our Event Brite site in advance at

Further information is available from Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC) by email at




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