Friday, 23 June 2017
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The Irish GovernmentThe Irish Government (the Oireachtas) has a body called the Convention to advise on changes in the Irish Constitution. This  Convention recommends voting rights for Irish citizens living outside of the State. The Convention on the Constitution has today voted in favour of recommending the extension of voting rights in Presidential elections for Irish citizens who are resident outside of the State, including Irish citizens resident in Northern Ireland.

The Convention on the Constitution is a forum of 100 people, representative of Irish society and parliamentarians from the island of Ireland, with an independent Chairman.  78% of the Convention approved this change. For its part, the Government has undertaken to respond to the Convention's recommendations within four months by way of debates in the Oireachtas and where it agrees with a particular recommendation to amend the Constitution, to include a time-frame for a referendum.

Vote for meThe last breakdown of statistics was circulated at the end of August 2013 when there were 2,906 supporters from 62 different countries. 

There now are 3,116 supporters from 64 different countries, welcome on board both Lebanon & Tajikstan, I wonder where they heard about us from!?

Winter Fuel PaymentsExpats across Europe have helped boost to more than 12,000 a petition against UK government plans to stop the Winter Fuel Payment for those in countries deemed ‘too hot.’ This includes Portugal.

The petition has grown by 3,000 signatures in a week. It means that the UK government will give a written response, as it must do for all petitions of 10,000 signatures or more.

An official reply is expected to be received in October. Should the petition gain 100,000 or more signatures by its closing date in June 2014, the matter also will be debated in parliament.

Angela MerkelIt is indicative of how much things have changed in Europe in recent years that the outcome of the general election in Germany last weekend is likely to have a much more profound effect on Portugal than the elections to be held throughout Portugal this coming Sunday.

Commentators in Berlin say the euro crisis played only a marginal role in the German election campaign, the first in that country since the start of the eurozone crisis, but it is expected to continue to be very high on Angela Merkel’s agenda during her fourth term in office.