Voting in Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen, you have the right to vote in all referenda and elections in Ireland. To exercise that right, you must ensure that your name has been entered on the Electoral Register.

If you are resident in Ireland but not an Irish citizen, you also have the right to vote in some elections. The type of election you can vote in depends on your citizenship.

  • British citizens may vote in Dáil, European and local elections
  • Other EU citizens may vote in European and local elections
  • Non-EU citizens can vote in local elections only

However if you are an Irish citizen living abroad you cannot be entered on the Register of Electors. This means that you cannot vote in an election or referendum here in Ireland. (The only exception to this is in the case of Irish officials on duty abroad (and their spouses or civil partners) who may register on the postal voters list).

Find out more about registering to vote