Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:22 pm, 28th June 2005

The hon. Gentleman correctly says that, under our law, Ireland is not a foreign country for several purposes. However, the Republic treats us as foreign. We are not allowed to vote in that country if we live there, although we let Irish citizens vote in our country if they live here. Is the hon. Gentleman content with the Home Secretary's assurance that there will be no swapping of information? It appears to me that the system can work with a common travel area only if the Irish Republic is given access to the hon. Gentleman's personal details and those of all other UK citizens.

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Posted on 15 Nov 2005 3:27 pm (Report this annotation)

In the Republic of Ireland British Citizens are only prevented from voting in Presidential elections and Constitutional Referenda. Quoting from Dublin City Council's Register of Electors website:

"Irish citizens are entitled to be registered for all elections and referenda.
British citizens are entitled to be registered for Dail elections, European Parliament elections and local government elections.
Citizens of an EU country (other than Ireland and the UK) may be registered for European Parliament and local government elections.
Citizens of a non-EU country can vote in local government elections only."

There was a constitutional referendum permitting this as far back as 1985.