Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness has called for people from the North to be allowed to vote in Irish presidential elections.This seems to be an annual call, didn't Gerry call for the very same debate last year on his US Tour and when he popped up in London to speak to the usual suspects? Down to brass-tacks:
He made the call when he gave the annual John Hume lecture at the Patrick MacGill summer school in Glenties on Sunday.
Speaking in Glenties, the Sinn Féin chief negotiator said a debate on Irish unity is needed.
"A start could be made next year by granting to Irish citizens in the Six Counties the right to vote in the Presidential Election. The current Uachtarán na hÉireann is a native of Belfast but if she had still lived there at the time of her election she would not have been able to vote for herselfThere isn't a hope in hell that the Republic's government are going to *permit* their citizens in Northern Ireland to vote in that election; if McGuinness, Adams and Co were to admit at least to themselves the reasons why not, then that could be a useful kick-reverse to their *Unity* debate.