Message from the Chairman of the Convention on the
On September 28th and 29th, a plenary meeting
of the Constitutional Convention will address the subject of
“giving citizens resident outside the State the right to vote
in Presidential elections at Irish embassies, or
The Convention on the Constitution is a new venture in
participative democracy in Ireland tasked with considering certain
aspects of the Constitution to ensure that it is fully equipped for
the 21st Century and with making recommendations to the Oireachtas
on future amendments to be put to the people in referendums.
Submissions to the Convention
The Convention has already received a number of submissions on this
topic via its website (www.constitution.ie) but is keen
to ensure that as many Irish citizens as possible, particularly
those resident outside the State, are made aware of the opportunity
of making an input to the Convention’s deliberations.
All views are welcome. Every submission received is given
consideration and made available to Convention members and the
general public on the Convention website. Making a submission
on-line is straight forward with full details available on the
website. Anyone having difficulty in doing so can email the
Convention Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As part of the information gathering process in preparation for the
plenary meeting, a short on-line questionnaire for completion by
Irish citizens resident outside the State has been prepared with a
view to giving members of the Convention a greater understanding of
the issues involved. The link to the questionnaire is attached
below and the deadline for receipt of completed questionnaires
is 18 September.
As with all the Convention’s meetings, the plenary meeting in
September will be streamed live on www.constitution.ie - starting
at 9.30am on Saturday 28th and concluding with the result of the
vote by the Convention at 1pm on the 29th.
I would encourage all Irish citizens living outside the State to
take part in our deliberations by completing the questionnaire and
making a submission to the Convention. The debate can be followed
live on the website during which you can engage with the Convention
via Twitter (#CCVEN).
The Convention looks forward to hearing from you.
Tom Arnold, Chairman