Scandal of referendum voting cards allegedly granted to electorally disqualified foreign students aired in Dail

TD demands Government investigate ‘who illegally and fraudulently registered French citizens’ at Galway National University.

‘Students never applied to be included on the register and they are not Irish citizens.’

‘This is widespread throughout the country, and a cabal is organising it.’

Sligo News File

The referendum on the 8th is set to become a shambolic affair with now apparently even legally disqualified foreigners being permitted to vote.

Mattie McGrath,TD, Independent…voting cards granted to ineligible foreign students.

Deputy Mattie McGrath told the Dail of confirmation by French students at Galway University that, despite being ineligible, their names have been added to the voting register for the referendum. He said this was done despite the students not requesting to be added to the register of electors.

Commenting on the seeming abuse of the electoral process, he said:

“The Taoiseach made reference to Google and its integrity in the context of the referendum campaign. Will the Government investigate this and find out who illegally and fraudulently registered French citizens who are here on an ERASMUS student programme at NUIG?

“The integrity of the student programme is being called into question too. Ms Caroline Sourisseau and her friends got polling cards this morning.

“The integrity of the electoral register and of the forthcoming referendum is being challenged here.

“Will the Government ask the Referendum Commission to investigate this? What is the Government going to do about it? These students never applied to be included on the register and they are not Irish citizens. At the same time, eligible people cannot get on the register of electors.

“This is widespread throughout the country, and a cabal is organising it. It is just not acceptable.”

There were 23,127 foreign students in Irish publicly-funded colleges in 2016, according to data from the Higher Education Authority.