The Citizenship Papers are a series of essays on the issue of citizenship and the role of Ireland’s emigrant community in the political life of the nation, anticipating a referendum that would allow all Irish citizens living outside the state the right to vote in future Presidential elections in Ireland. We believe this referendum will lead to a long overdue national debate on Irish identity and citizenship and a robust national discussion on the future role of emigrants in the political life of the nation.
The Citizenship Papers are essays with a diverse cast of authors – established opinion writers, academics, activists and emigrants speaking their mind. We believe this series will help to frame the coming national debate and encourage Ireland to embrace a new, more accurate and inclusive relationship with its community of citizens beyond its borders.
We welcome additional contributions! Please get in touch if you would like to share your thoughts!
Kathleen O’Sullivan | A Mother’s Loss
Maurice Casey | The Diaspora Has Always Shaped Politics
Evan Comerford | Emigrant Remittances Saved Ireland
John Dorney | History of voting rights in Ireland
Bashir Otukoya | Who gets to be "Part of the Irish Nation"?
Liam Kennedy | The states evolving emigration policy
Sorcha Pollak | Immigrants seek citizenship as well
Marie Claire McAleer | Voting Rights for young emigrants
Martin Flaherty | A United Nation, At Home and Abroad
Mark Daly | Mary McAleese couldn't vote
Kevin Sullivan | Ireland needs its own John Lewis
Clare Rice | Citizenship, Identity and Brexit in Northern Ireland
Emma DeSouza | On the outside looking in: A Northern perspective
Colin Harvey | Reflections on Irish Citizenship and Voting Rights
David McCann | "We Cannot Opt Out of the Future"
Tara Connolly | Not Quite Irish Enough: Meaningful Participation
Stephen Farry | Our Evolving Shared-Islands Home
Claire McGowran | Energized emigrant women & repeal of the 8th
Conor O’Neill | A Stake in the Outcome
Morgan O’Sullivan | A Cork man in Florida; passionate about Home
Alan Flanagan | At the end of the day either way you’re Irish
Brian Dooley | The Full Irish: Being Able to Choose Our President
Ciaran Cannon | "This is what makes us Irish"
Billy Lawless | A Former Emigrant Senator's Perspective
Diarmaid Ferriter | Irish Politicians remain stuck in a time warp
Mary Hickman | Taxation & Citizenship
Noreen Bowden | Including all Generations: Against time limits
Ted Smyth | How Emigrants Stay Connected
Theresa Reidy | The Great Recession: Punctuated Equilibrium & Emigrant
Hillary Beirne | A Lost Opportunity for Ireland