The Irish Government is considering extending the right to vote in presidential elections to Irish citizens living abroad.
Speaking on television last week, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore revealed that the matter was under consideration because there were significantly more Irish people living abroad than in the Republic.
He said it was important to find "some way of giving recogition to the Irish abroad and in particular to recent emigrants."
But a Government insider said there was no reason to stop there: "We feel that Irish citizens should have the right to have a say in elections throughout the world.
"We're the most cultured and erudite people in the entire world (so we are)," she said. "So we should have a say in how the planet is run.
"Irish citizens can already vote in UK elections, so it's just a simple matter to extend that right to those domiciled in the Republic and elswhere (so it is). Then we can move on to, for example, France and Germany - given our membership of the EU, this should be simple to implement (so it should)."
Around 70 million people around the world consider themselves Irish. "That's not that many," said the spokesman. "Arranging voting rights for them for all elections should be a small matter for our bureaucracy (to be sure)."
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