Location of polling booths in Limerick ‘should be reviewed’ says former councillor

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

FORMER city councillor Sean Griffin has called for a review of the location of Polling Stations in the city.

FORMER city councillor Sean Griffin has called for a review of the location of Polling Stations in the city.

In the wake of the referendum on the EU Fiscal Treaty, Mr Griffin feels that far more people would have voted if Polling Stations were located at more strategic locations in Limerick.

Just under half the electorate in the City constituency cast their vote in Friday’s referendum.

Mr Griffin said: “For many years there were Polling Stations in housing estates like Hyde Road/Carew Park and also at the bandroom in Edward St. In recent times these have disappeared and in doing so have made it very difficult for voters in the area to go out to vote. This applies especially to the aged and disabled of which there are many in the district.”

The Sinn Fein southside spokesman also believes polling stations have mainly been removed from working class areas.

“In Limerick City South Hyde Road and Carew Park are the most prominent areas to lose the stations,” he stated.

He wants to see the returning officer undertake a “total review” of the locations of the polling places “with the view to facilitating the voters and not the cost of their placement.”

“While I’m not saying that cost should not be a consideration, I am saying that it should not be the deciding factor. Facilitating the citizens who want to vote should always be the deciding factor in placement of the stations,” he explained.

He has made a list of possible locations for polling booths in referenda and future elections.

These include the former Galvone Arms bar in Carew Park, the former Krup’s factory, the Bandroom in Edward St or the CIE social club in Carey’s Road, Mr Griffin said in a statement.