Let’s put emigrant voting rights on the agenda
I’m fed up listening to politicians call on me to return home while denying me my right to vote. I feel the door has been slammed in my face and it makes me feel even more upset about how emigrants are treated.
Davy from Cavan, living in London.
1 in 6 Irish voters won’t be able to cast their vote because right now they’re living overseas. 
Uplift has teamed up with organisations fighting for the rights of Irish emigrants across the world to make sure that the next government promises this will be last election so many Irish people are barred from voting. 
During the Marriage Equality Referendum last year, the country was gripped with excitement about the role emigrants played in building support for marriage equality at home.  Less than a year later the praise heard from government ministers and politicians feels very shallow as the door is slammed shut again.
We’re one of three countries in the EU that deny our citizens abroad the right to vote.  Together we can use this election to force voting rights for emigrants onto the agenda of a new government and turn promises into real action.
The first step is to gather as many voices as possible over the coming week and to make sure both voters and candidates feel the strength of our voice the day before the election. This is the day political parties and candidates are not allowed on the airwaves so it’s a perfect moment for us to flood social media with a message from Irish emigrants living in every corner of the world.  We have a great chance of making sure voting rights for emigrants gets on the table when the new government sits down to plan the next few years.
 “One in six Irish-born people now live abroad“, The Irish Times, September 15th, 2015
Nearly half a million people left Ireland over the period April 2008 – April 2014 (480,000 is the estimated figure from the CSO), 80,000 of which were young people. Neri Institute.
 Joey Kavanagh: Founder of the Get the Boat to Vote campaign in “Will emigrants come #HomeToVote in the general election?”, The Irish Times, February 12th, 2016
“Give emigrants right to vote“, The Irish Examiner, January 14th, 2013
 Next Thursday, during the broadcast moratorium, Irish emigrants will be asked to take part in a Thunderclap campaign which will broadcast our call for voting rights across social media channels. Details to follow.