‘Get registered’ is the call at ‘yes’ vote rally in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Attending the rally to get people registered for the referendum was young Kenneth Duggan from Kileely. Picture: Gareth Williams
WITH thousands of people still not registered to vote in the referendum, a special rally was held at Bedford Row.

WITH thousands of people still not registered to vote in the referendum, a special rally was held at Bedford Row.

The deadline to register for the May 22 referendums on marriage equality and lowering the age someone can stand to be president is May 6, and the Limerick Citizens Supporting Equality Group put on a show on Friday night.

They were joined by the Unity Gospel Choir.

The National Youth Council of Ireland is also urging youngsters across Limerick to get registered in time, predicting that some 5,632 people here are not on the electoral register. This prediction comes from a RedC poll carried out last autumn which showed up to 30% of 18-25 year olds were not registered.

“We know from our work with young people that the vast majority of them want to vote but are not aware they have to register to vote or only become aware after the deadline for inclusion in the supplementary register. This is particularly an issue for young people who turned 18 and became eligible to vote since the local and European elections in 2014,” said James Doorley, the council’s deputy director.

Although the deadline to register is May 6, the latest day for posting the form is effectively this Friday. Carolyn Keane, who organised the rally said: “We thought we would do something for the citizens to show that you don’t have to be part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to vote.”