The rules governing Ireland's elections are out of date and need to be revised for the 21st Century. Here, I set out my top priorities for electoral reform under the Programme for Government, along with additional initiatives I'm progressing under this portfolio. Follow me on social media for updates or contact me directly for details on the progress I'm making.
Establish an Electoral Commission by the end of 2021 to provide independent oversight, public information, maintain the register and conduct elections
Modernise the Electoral Register towards an online, rolling, system with pre-registration for young people
Introduce legislation to hold electoral events in Covid-19, or other such emergencies
Progress the four referenda as outlined in the Programme for Government 'Our Shared Future'
Task the Electoral Commission with examining the use of posters at elections and referendums
Regulate the use of online political advertising
Reform and consolidate the Ethics in Public Office legislation
Review electoral laws and political conduct in Ireland to ensure that donations and resources from non-citizens outside the State are not being used to influence our elections and political process
Work collaboratively to ensure that there is greater diversity and gender balance at all levels of Irish politics
Establish a fund to support political and electoral research
See the full list of Programme for Government
commitments on electoral reform here (page 120).