Government confirms referendum plans on lowering of voting age

Government confirms referendum plans on lowering of voting age

The government has confirmed plans to hold a referendum on lowering the voting age - but it will not be held for some time.

Ministers yesterday agreed to accept the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

It is among a series of proposals from the convention, which also wants to lower the minimum age for Presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

However, the Taoiseach today said the referendum was not going to be held any time soon.

"Because we said that if there was to be a positive response from government to any of the recommendations we would give an indicative timeline as to when they would be dealt with," he said.

"And the indicative timeline for these and others that may be considered would be before the end of 2015."

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