The voting age should be lowered to 16, according to local TD Brian Stanley, who has introduced a bill to the Dáil proposing that the age be lowered for Dáil, European, and local elections, as well as constitutional referendums.
“I am introducing this bill in order to give young people a voice in the democratic process,” he said. “The current government has committed itself to possibly lowering the age to 17, and has said that it will publish a bill in the new year. However, I would argue that a referendum be held as soon as possible in order to ensure that this takes place before the next general election.”
Deputy Stanley said he would be engaging with youth groups to campaign in support of this change.