January 23, 2020

Lawless for 2020

Irish Echo, By Ray Palour Irish Echo Irish American of the Year for 2020, Senator Billy Lawless. Billy Lawless, who represents Irish emigrants and the global Irish diaspora as a member of the Irish Senate, is the Irish Echo Irish American of the Year for 2020. Lawless is the thirteenth person to win the accolade…

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July 31, 2019

VICA Presidential Voting Rights Briefing to Oireachtas

Packed House for VICA briefing to Oireachtas members in relation to the Referendum on extending voting rights for Presidential elections.  Delighted that Minister Ciaran Cannon was able to address the briefing.  Excellent contributions from Alan Flanagan and Ben Kelly from VICA and Noreen Bowden from Votingrights.ie.  Strong cross-party support for this Referendum.

July 31, 2019

US Congressional Delegation Visit to Oireachtas

Delighted to welcome a Congressional Delegation from the United States to meet with the  Ireland – US Parliamentary Friendship Group. There was an excellent exchange of views between the Congress members and members of the Oireachtas, where issues such as Immigration, E3 Visa and Brexit were discussed.  

November 13, 2018

Minister Ross Announces New Driver Licensing Measures to Help Returning Emigrants and Others

I welcome the announcement today from Minister Ross in relation to new driving licence regulations for returning Emigrants. I have pursued this issue with the Department since my appointment as Senator for the Diaspora. Minister Ross Announces New Driver Licensing Measures to Help Returning Emigrants and Others http://www.dttas.ie/press-releases/2018/minister-ross-announces-new-driver-licensing-measures-help-returning-emigrants Tuesday 13 November 2018 The Minister for…

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May 3, 2017

VotingRights.ie to launch call for enfranchisement of overseas citizens

1.73 million Irish citizens denied opportunity to vote by outdated election laws VotingRights.ie, a global coalition of Irish emigrant groups and citizens seeking to secure the vote for the 1.73 million Irish citizens now living overseas, will release a policy paper and reform agenda on emigrant voting next week. The group will hold a press…

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March 23, 2017

Senator Billy Lawless welcomes announcement of Referendum on voting Rights for Irish Abroad

Senator Billy Lawless today welcomed the announcement by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny that a Referendum is to be held regarding voting rights for Irish citizens abroad and in Northern Ireland in Irish Presidential elections. As the first Senator for the Global Irish and a co-founder of Votingrights.ie – a coalition of groups and individuals dedicated…

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