As you are aware the Marriage Equality and Age of Presidential Candidates Referendums are coming up on May 22nd. The Irish people are being asked to vote on the following wording:
Marriage Equality Referendum:‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex’ and separately
Presidential Candidates Referendum:“Every citizen who has reached the age of 21 years is eligible for election to the office of President”(this is to replace the existing article which states the age of eligibility is 35 years)
I urge you to use your right to vote, in whatever way you wish, so please check that you are on the register of electors at http://www.fingalcoco.ie/your-council/voting-and-elections/check–the-register-of-electors/
If not, don’t worry it’s not too late to get on the Supplemental Register by completing form RFA2, or if you have changed address you can complete form RFA3. Get the appropriate form stamped at your local Garda station and return it to the Franchise Section, Fingal County Council, County Hall Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin. Forms RFA2 and RFA3 can be downloaded from the following links: http://www.fingalcoco.ie/media/RFA2_English_Form%202015-2016.pdf (RFA2 addition to Supplemental Register) http://www.fingalcoco.ie/media/RFA3%20Change%20of%20Address%20Form%202015-2016.pdf (RFA3 change of address)
Please inform your family and friends because if you’re not on the register you won’t be able to have your say. Decisions are made by those who turn up!
Leo Varadkar TD
Minister for Health