Early votes on islands blasted

Deputy Pearse Doherty has blasted the decision of having the polling day for the upcoming Fiscal Treaty Referendum on May 28th for those living on offshore Islands.

Deputy Pearse Doherty has blasted the decision of having the polling day for the upcoming Fiscal Treaty Referendum on May 28th for those living on offshore Islands.

Deputy Doherty said: “This decision is unfair and raises constitutional issues for those living on the islands. Residents of the islands, who are away on polling day and would have been able to get a postal vote, are now not in a position to do so as they were not informed of the Polling date. Many of them will now not be in a position to vote on the Treaty.”

He added: “Having spoken with residents of the islands, many of them feel very strongly on this issue. Some are saying that they will not vote in the referendum as a mark of the frustration and anger they feel. This type of decision only serves to isolate our small island communities even further.”

Deputy Doherty recalled how one of the key moments in the presidential election - the RTÉ Frontline debate - occurred after islanders had voted.