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Islanders to vote first in presidential election

Details of island voting have been released by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Arranmore ferry.
Arranmore ferry.
Image: Danny McL via Flickr

VOTING IN THIS year’s presidential election will begin on Monday, October 24 across the islands off Donegal’s south-west coast.

The 761-strong electorate in Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory Island will go to the polls three days before those on the mainland.

Voting stations in Clare Island, Inishbiggle and Inishturk will open on Tuesday, October 25.

The biggest island electorate is in the Galway West constituency. With over 1,170 people to vote, the ballot boxes will be open across the Aran Islands on Wednesday, October 26.

The 466 voters living on islands off Cork’s coast will vote on October 27, along with other mainland constituents.

Dursey Island, off Cork south-west and Inishfree, off Donegal south-west, have the smallest electorates with just nine people due to cast their votes.

Altogether, there are 2,588 people registered to vote across Ireland’s 19 islands.

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