Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

This afternoon.

On RTÉ’s News at One.

Journalists Paschal Sheehy, Eileen Magnier, John Kilraine and Ciaran Mullooly reported the following low average voter turnout figures to Áine Lawlor…

Carrigaline, Co Cork: 11%
Rochestown, Cork city: 11%
Douglas, Cork city: 10%
Kerry – 10%
Limerick city: 13%
County Limerick: 12%
Clonmel, Co Tipperary: 14%
Waterford: 14%
Clare: 14%

Sligo/Leitrim: 8-12%
Donegal: 4%
Greencastle, Inishowen: 10%
Cavan/Monaghan: 8-12%
Louth: 9%
East Meath: 8-9%
Rathmullen, Drogheda: 3%
CBS, Drogheda: 14%
Dundalk: 6-8%
Roscommon/Galway: 10%
Ballinasloe, Galway: 18%
Urban Athlone: 12%
Galway West: 11%
Galway East: 10%
Mayo: 9%
Tory Island (finished voting yesterday): 14%
Arranmore Island (finished voting yesterday): 22%

Malahide: >12%
Tyrrelstown: >5%
Neilstown: 7%
Dublin City: 10%

Laois/Offaly: 7.7%
Abbeyleix: 8%
Longford/Westmeath: 8%
Granard: 9%
Mullingar town: 10%
Kilkenny city: 10%
Bagnelstown, Carlow: 6%
Arklow, Co Wicklow: 14%
Wexford: 8%
Kildare North/South: 10%

Voting in Presidential Election and referendum ballot to slow start (RTE)

Pic: UNYouthIRL


This morning.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives to vote at the polling station in Scoil Thomáis, Laural Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin.

Get a move on.


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32 thoughts on “Running Low

    1. Cian

      Don’t fret. There is still another 8 hours to go.

      What else will people be doing on a Bank Holiday Friday?

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            I know.
            But the students on here will have to get used to the uncomfortable truth one day.

        1. Cian

          true. I should have said the Friday of a bank holiday weekend…. or more correctly the Friday of a public holiday weekend.

          1. millie st murderlark

            And everything to do with the pure and everlasting infatuation Bertie and I share.

            It’s actually a Bert holiday weekend.

  1. BS

    Its a bank holiday friday and payday for many….do you really think the after work uptake will be the same as other votes? also….who really cares about who lives in the Aras for 7 years? cause essentially all youre voting for is who is going to live in a gaff

      1. Boules

        Lots of photos to be fair….. and I know the role of the President of Ireland has limited powers; the function being very mush to represent the country in an ambassadorial role. In my opinion MDH is peerless in this regard. He has spent his life speaking out for equality and social justice. He has been vocal for LGBT rights and women’s rights, strongly opposed the introduction of the 8th amendment. Whenever I hear him speak I am impressed by both the eloquence of his delivery and the substance of his words. I can remember him promoting sport and the Arts on many occasions. I have no allegiance to any political party but I really like MDH and am proud that he represents this country with such distinction. It’s Miggeldy all the way for me!! And he’s super photogenic! Go on Miggedy ya boy ya!

  2. rotide

    I know there’s still time to go but the turnout on the closed polls is extremely worrying.

    12% and 22%?

    I know this isn’t exactly the most important election in history, but where are the hometovote crowd now? Where are the crowd who are ACTUALLY at home?

    Either there should be a minimum required turnout or voting should be compulsory like Australia. However reading the intense amounts of rubbish in the run up to this election, I’m starting to think compulsory voting is a bad idea.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I don’t find it worrying at all, but our elected representatives should. And that’s where I like them; worrying.
      Compulsory voting is contrary to democracy. If one wants to opt out of the political process they should be free to do so.

      Because the last two referendums were contentious, emotive and well-attended, we haven’t experienced this low turn-out for a while. I suggest we reform our voting options;

      1. Let emigrants have the vote, finally. With certain qualifying criteria;
      2. Allow voters to register to vote at their nearest polling station on the day, not their home station;
      3. Online voting. It can be done securely.

      1. Jay

        Though it doesn’t work like that with garda stations, I would have thought that in general you would be assigned a close voting station to where you have correctly registered.

      2. Cian

        I’d support compulsory voting if there was a “none of the above” option. And they counted these. And if the “none of the above” is above a certain percentage the election is null and void, and anyone that got fewer votes than the “none of the above” is disqualified from the next election.

    2. Nigel

      I mean the real answer is: getting people out to vote is hard work. It takes long planning and commitment and volunteers out on the streets canvassing and knocking on doors. The parties weren’t particularly committed to campaigning and asking the Repeal crowd to repeat a colossal exhausting effort that took years is a bit much. They probably supported Higgins but he’s an established politician with a party behind him and strong incumbent advantage. The political calculation was that Higgins was practically unbeatable and that presidential campaigns tend to be a bit horrible and stupid and if you went all in for this one you’d end up burning goodwill, energy, money and candidates with little chance of a win.

    3. shortforBob

      I’m in favour of compulsory turnout, but it would be a good idea to do a few other things first, such as make it easier for people to submit an absentee ballot as many people will find it difficult to get to the polls due to work or health. During the last referendum there was a woman who wasn’t going to be able to vote due to her pregnancy.

  3. ReproButina

    Imagine letting one out of every ten people decide who should be president. Grand if that person is me, obviously, but imagine it’s not me or someone as rational and level headed as I am.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      If that were the case, then Miggledy’s supporters are as complacent and arrogant as he is.

  4. phil

    Is there like a voting threshold ? Any possibility there might not be enough votes to elect any candidate?

  5. Charley

    To be honest if candidates could not be bothered to attend a debate they cannot expect people to take time out and vote
    Maybe someone should tell that to Higgins
    I have to work and my spare time is very important so to expect me to vote for someone with that attitude is rather not on
    As for the rest none of them are worth anything

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