Press Release: Second candidate joins Seanad race to highlight emigrants’ rights

11 February – A Brussels-based Irish citizen has joined the joint campaign for Emigrants’ rights in the upcoming Seanad election. Ed Davitt, who has been living and working in Brussels for the past four years, will run as an independent on the Trinity College panel to campaign for the Emigrants’ Manifesto, launched today. He joins the candidate for the NUI panel, London-based Barry Johnston, to campaign for better recognition of the needs of the 1 in 6 Irish people who have had to leave Ireland during the recession.

Mr Davitt has been nominated by Irish emigrants living abroad in New York, London, Brussels, Budapest and Shangai, as well as citizens still resident in Ireland, who feel that the current denial of voting rights to the Irish abroad is unfair and undemocratic.

Speaking on the launch of the Emigrant Manifesto, Mr Davitt had this to say: “As an Irish person living abroad, I see my friends and colleagues voting at their embassies or by post every election time, while I and my fellow Irish are disenfranchised. I am running in this election to ask for what almost every developed democracy in the world already provides – the right to stay engaged with the political process in a country that we hope to return to in the future.”

Biography

Ed Davitt is a 35 year old Dublin native, resident in Brussels for the past four years. He has a BA in History from Trinity College and an MA in European Politics from UCD. He is a dedicated environmentalist and currently works for a Brussels based environmental NGO, having previously been employed by Greenpeace and the European and Irish Greens. He is running as an independent candidate on the Trinity College Panel for Seanad Éireann. He has previously been engaged in political campaigns such as the Lisbon Treaty and marriage equality referendums.

For more information

Ed Davitt, eddavitt2016@gmail.com, +32486386752

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