McAuliffe welcomes the General -Scheme of Electoral Reform Bill


Changes will drag Ireland’s elections laws out of the last century – McAuliffe


Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North West and Spokesperson on Electoral Reform and Local Government, Paul McAuliffe, has welcomed the publication of the General Scheme of the Electoral Reform Bill by the Government.

The Bill proposes a range of important electoral reforms such as the establishment of a statutory, independent Electoral Commission for Ireland, the modernisation of our electoral registration process, the regulation of online political advertising in the run-up to electoral events, and amendments to electoral law which will assist in the holding of electoral events if Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Deputy McAuliffe said: “We have been talking about an Electoral Commission and reform of our electoral register for decades, I’m delighted that the new government has finally delivered. The changes will make it easier for young people to register, for those living away from their family home and for those younger than 18 to pre register.

“I’m also pleased to see regulation of online political advertising which has been left to private companies to regulate.

“I welcome government action on this but as a party Fianna Fáil believe this should just be the first step and we now need to ensure the commitments in the programme for government to reform local government with directly elected Mayors in Limerick and Dublin are also implemented,” concluded the Deputy.