Islanders to vote on referendum today

Donegal’s islands will vote today in the children’s referendum.

Donegal’s islands will vote today in the children’s referendum.

Voting in the rest of the county will take place across Donegal’s two constituencies on Saturday.

Voters will be asked to support or reject the 31st amendment of the constitution in the referendum.

A total of 244 polling stations across the county will be used in the vote. Two polling stations will be open on Aranmore today and one each on Tory, Inishboffin, Gola and Inishfree. Polling stations in the rest of the county will open at 9am on Saturday and close at 10pm.

In Donegal North East 58,503 people are registered to vote with 63,229 registered in Donegal South West.

The count will get under way at 9am on Sunday at the John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town and at the Bonagee Community Centre in Letterkenny.

A ‘Yes’ vote is being supported by all mainstream parties and the government is expected to have the amendment constitution passed.

The ‘Yes’ campaign says the amendment will give greater protection to children in the future.

Some on the ‘No’ side say the referendum would weaken the rights of children by undermining parental power.

Donegal voters rejected the referendum on the fiscal treaty in June which was passed nationally.