Voting underway in Children’s Referendum

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Voting is underway across Limerick in the Children’s Referendum.

Voting is underway across Limerick in the Children’s Referendum.

With more than 120,000 people entitled to vote in Limerick, dozens of polling stations across the city and county opened at 9am and will remain open until 10pm.

Local retuning officer, Pat Meghen says the existing Dail boundaries will apply for the referendum which means voters in parts of West Limerick will still be going to the polls in the North Kerry / Limerick West constituency.

Those votes will be counted in Tralee tomorrow while the votes for the Limerick and Limerick city constituencies will be counted at the UL Sports Arena.

While the campaign ahead of today’s vote has been relatively low-key, Mr Meghen says it is difficult to gauge what the turnout will be.

“Holding the vote on a Saturday should be more voter-friendly and we don’t know about students who might be around for the weekend,” he said, adding that he expects the counting of votes to be completed early tomorrow afternoon.

However, the results of the vote in Limerick will not be announced until they have been submitted to and ratified by the national returning officer at Dublin Castle.

Pat Meghen is advising people that only Irish citizens are entitled to vote in the referendum and he says intending voters should bring photographic identification with them to the polling station.

There are no changes to the location of polling stations in the Limerick constituency but voters who normally vote at St Senan’s NS, Island Road in the city are being advised they should instead cast their vote at St Mary’s Girls NS, Bishop Street.

Mr Meghen is also reassuring those who intend attending a dance at Knockaderry Community Hall tonight that the event will go ahead once polls have closed.