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Political Reform

The Government intends to hold a constitutional referendum on the day of the general election. This is a big undertaking.

Why not try a smaller undertaking in the same field; political reform?

Why not extend the postal vote provided for in Section 63 of the Electoral Act 1997 to recent emigrants? People emigrating within 24 months of the election might meet the needs of the situation.

They could vote, not in a Garda Station, but in an embassy or a consulate or even a UK or Canadian police station.

The proposal needs urgent attention; the register of postal voters needs to be urgently up-dated.

Go to it Mr. Cowen!