Pringle looks to reduce voting age

A Donegal TD is bringing a Private Members’ Bill to the Dáil today which will call for a referendum on lowering the voting age to 16.


Deputy Thomas Pringle is introducing the bill to coincide with the Scottish and Welsh elections, in which 16 and 17 year olds are allowed to vote.


The bill would afford Irish citizens the choice of whether or not they agree with reducing the age of eligibility to vote in Dáil elections down from 18 years of age to 16 years of age.


Speaking earlier to OceanFM news, the Donegal TD says that many young people feel a disconnection when it comes to politics and providing them with a chance to vote would provide them with a greater sense of their views being heard.