Irish citizenship campaigner Emma DeSouza seeks nomination to Seanad

An Irish citizenship campaigner from Northern Ireland is considering a bid for the Seanad after a number of Fine Gael TDs put her name forward for nomination. Emma DeSouza has been involved in a long legal battle with the Home Office over whether being born in Northern Ireland automatically confers a person with British citizenship. A senior Fine Gael source told the PA news agency: “If there is to be an independent Senator from Northern Ireland then either Emma de Souza or former Senator Ian Marshall would be obvious choices.” To even be mentioned as a name worthy of a Taoiseach nomination is a great honor, I am grateful for the consideration “Ian was a strong voice for both moderate unionists and pro European voices while Emma’s campaign to protect her rights under the Good Friday Agreement has been inspirational.” Ms DeSouza told PA it is a great honour to have her name put forward as a potential Taoiseach’s nomination for the Seanad. It would be an invaluable opportunity that I as a independent advocate for the principles of the Good Friday Agreement would accept.” She said there has never been a time when the voice of someone living in Northern Ireland is needed more in the Irish political sphere. We now know for 100% that there will be no extension to the Brexit transition period and there is going to be a severe impact on the North’s economy as a result.” Ms DeSouza said extending voting rights to Irish citizens living in Northern Ireland and abroad and upholding the principles of the Good Friday Agreement are among the issues she would work on if she became a Senator.