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“not quite Irish enough”

Wed 6 October 2010, 11:53am

The Irish Times today gives space to a perennial whinge.  Freelance journalist Darach MacDonald complains that, living in Northern Ireland, he is “now deemed by geography to be not quite Irish enough” to vote in the forthcoming Irish presidential election – even though he could stand, and take office if elected.

But, rather than extending the franchise, there is a more obvious solution to the apparent contradiction.

Introduce a residency requirement for the office of the President of [the Republic of] Ireland, as most some other countries do.

Including, for example, Haiti.

As an Irish passport holder living in Northern Ireland, that solution gets my vote.

Or you can just continue to pander to that political psychosis…

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