Vote@16 campaign successful in convincing Convention
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (27.03.13) welcomed the Constitutional Convention's formal submission of its report to the library of the Houses of the Oireachtas. The report confirms the Convention’s recommendation that the voting age for all Irish citizens in elections should be lowered to 16 years of age, and the Government must now respond with a debate in the Oireachtas within four months.
“We are delighted with the recommendation that the voting age be lowered, as the Youth Council has led the campaign on this issue since 2009.
“Young members of the NYCI Vote at 16 Campaign group campaign presented their arguments for a lower voting to the Convention in January. It was heartening to see that their arguments were taken on board, and that the work of the campaign has paid off,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
“This is part of a global and European momentum towards extending the right to vote to young people at 16 and 17 years old, so it is to be welcomed that Ireland is showing leadership on this rather than following in the wake of our neighbours,” added Mr Doorley.
“It is high time that young people had a voice in the decisions that affect them,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For information on the Vote@16 campaign see youth.ie
Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or email@example.com
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The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of Irish voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie