The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (27.01.13) welcomed the Constitutional Convention’s vote in favour of lowering the voting age and recommending that the issue be put to a referendum.
“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.
“Yesterday young members of the NYCI Vote at 16 Campaign group campaign presented their arguments for a lower voting age of 16 rather than 17 to the Convention. It is heartening to see that their arguments have been taken on board, and that the work of the campaign has paid off,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
“The fact that the Convention has recommended the lower voting age of 16 means that the result is even more positive than expected, given that the group was initially asked to consider 17,” continued Mr Doorley.
“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.”
For information on the Vote@16 campaign see youth.ie
Contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
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
Presentation to the Convention
• NYCI submission to Constitutional Convention here:
Vote@16 Campaign website
What is the Constitutional Convention?
The Convention is a forum comprising of 100 people, representative of Irish society and parliamentarians from the island of Ireland, with an independent chairman.
The Convention has been established by Resolutions of the Houses of the Oireachtas. It has been asked to consider and make recommendations to the Oireachtas on a range of topics as possible future amendments to the Constitution.
Government has undertaken to respond to the Convention’s recommendations within four months
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