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When did women in Ireland get the right to vote?

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Women were granted limited voting rights in Ireland in 1918. Irish women were granted equal voting rights in 1922 when the Irish Free State broke away from the United Kingdom, and they were bestowed full voting rights in the United Kingdom in 1928.

The Representation of the People Act of 1918 granted all women in the United Kingdom the right to vote. However, women could only vote if they were over 30, and they had to belong to the Local Government Register. They could also vote if they were married to a member of the Register. Irish women could only vote if they owned property or if they were from a university constituency.

All women over the age of 21 could vote, regardless of property status, under the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act of 1928 in the United Kingdom.


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