Migrants must be allowed to engage in Irish legal and political systems

The proposals from the Law Reform Commission to allow categories of migrants to do jury service have been welcomed by the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
The Council says it is important that migrants are allowed to participate in every part of Irish society.

Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council said: “Any step which removes barriers which prevent migrants from participating fully in Irish life is to be welcomed, and on that basis we believe the proposal from the Law Reform Commission is a positive step.
“We believe this is important not just as an equality issue but will also benefit the legal system by providing a jury panel which reflects the reality of Ireland today. The jury is supposed to be a representation of your peers, and these peers more and more include migrants.”
Charlton went on to say that “Migrants and their families have made a commitment to Ireland, they contribute to the Irish economy and when given the opportunity have shown they are ready to play a role in our society.”
The Immigrant Council, Charlton said, “asked the Dáil Constitutional Committee to extend voting rights in General Elections to those migrants who have been here for over 5-years.”

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