Voting rights of new Irish residents and Irish people living abroad
To vote in Ireland, you must be:
To register to vote you must have been ordinarily resident in Ireland on 1 September of the year before the Register of Electors comes into force. The Register comes into force on 15 February every year.
You are still ordinarily resident at your address in Ireland if your absence from the State is temporary (you intend to return to your address in Ireland within 18 months of leaving it).
If you live in Ireland and are not an Irish citizen, you can read about which elections you are entitled to vote in.
New residents and returning Irish citizens
If you move to Ireland after 1 September, you cannot be entered onto the register for the following year, unless you were outside Ireland temporarily.
The Electoral Act 1992 says that you will continue to be deemed ordinarily resident at your address in Ireland if you intend to return within 18 months.
Irish citizens abroad
In its fifth report in 2013, the Convention on the Constitution recommended that Irish citizens resident outside the State should have the right to vote in presidential elections. Following this recommendation, the Government announced plans for a referendum to amend the Constitution to allow Irish citizens living outside the State (including in Northern Ireland) to vote in presidential elections.
A date for this proposed referendum has not been finalised.