Donegal islands vote early

Donegal islands vote early
Voting on the Seanad and Court of Appeal referendums began on Donegal’s five off-shore islands on Wednesday morning.

Voting on the Seanad and Court of Appeal referendums began on Donegal’s five off-shore islands on Wednesday morning.

More than 750 people are registered to vote on Arranmore, Tory, Gola, Inisboffin and Inishfree. Voting for Arranmore’s 521 registered voters opened from 10.30 am to 7.30pm.

Voters on the other islands could go to the polls between 11am and 3pm.

Voting is held on the islands in advance of the rest of the country in case bad weather delays the journey of the ballot boxes to the count centre.

Nora Flanagan, supervisor of the day centre on Arranmore, said voting had been slow up to lunchtime but traditionally there is an increase in the late afternoon and evening. “The general consensus of opinion is that most people are going to vote,” she said. “But some people will not be voting as an objection to having the voting here two days early.”