Islanders Prepare To Vote As Final Debate Looms

Voters on the islands off the coast of Donegal will vote today in the Presidential election and the two referendums on Oireachtas inquiries and judges’ pay.

Traditionally the islanders vote ahead of the rest of the electorate to ensure that bad weather does not hinder the return of ballot boxes on time to be counted with the rest of the votes cast in the Donegal South West constituency.

Islanders on five Donegal islands will go to the polls – Arranmore, Tory, Gola, Inisfree and Inisboffin as the Presidential candidates prepare for the final debate to be staged this evening on The Frontline on RTE. It will be a last chance saloon for some of the candidates who have slumped in the polls recently to restore some credibility.

A total of 937 people are entitled to vote and the largest electorate of almost 700 are registered on the biggest island, Arranmore. The smallest electorate is on Inishfree where there are just eight voters registered.

Polling stations will be open from 11am to 3pm on each of the islands except Arranmore, where two polling stations will be open from 10.30am until 7.30pm, to accommodate people who work on the mainland.

Frontline airs this evening at 9.40 on RTE 1.

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