Should Ireland reduce voting age from 18 to 16?

12 March 2021
By Bryan Smyth

Sinn Féin have today restored the Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016 to the order paper of the Seanad and have pledged to continue the ‘Votes at 16’ campaign.

If passed, the bill would allow 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in Local elections and European Parliament elections.

Speaking today, Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, TD for Cork South Central said:

“Youth organisations across Ireland support lowering the voting age to 16.

“The Taoiseach has said that he supports lowering the voting age.

“This legislation proposes to lower the voting age in Local and European elections.

“The Government must use the time available now so that this change can be made for the Local and European elections in 2024.

“In the meantime, we will continue to work with activists and youth organisations to campaign for this overdue reform.”

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