Referendum 2018: 139,000 eligible to cast votes in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Email:

david.hurley@limerickleader.ie

Referendum 2018: 139,000 eligible to cast votes in Limerick

Voting in the referendum takes place between 7am and 10pm on Friday, May 25

THOUSANDS of potential voters are being advised of changes in the location of several polling stations ahead of the upcoming referendum on Friday next - May 25.

The single biggest change will see the temporary relocation of six polling booths from St Paul’s NS in Dooradoyle due to construction works at the school.

Local returning officer Pat Wallace has confirmed three of the six polling booths will be located at the County Library, Dooradoyle while the other three will be located on the ground floor of County Hall (near the library entrance). 

In an effort to improve accessibility for voters, a number of other polling stations across Limerick are set move from their traditional locations.

Fedamore Community Hall replaces the local national school while voters who traditionally attended Bohermore NS will have to attend Monaleen NS.

In West Limerick, Broadford NS will be used instead of the local community hall; Halla Ceol Corbraí in Glin replaces Glin NS while the polling station in Templeglantine will move from Templeglantine NS to the local community centre.

Mr Wallace has confirmed a number of other polling stations  have been deemed “inaccessible” which means those with a physical disability or illness disabilty can apply to have their vote transferred to an alternative polling station.

The polling stations deemed inaccessible are: Adare NS, Ashford NS, Ballingarry NS,  Ballyhahill NS, Ballyorgan Community Hall, Ballysteen NS, Carrigkerry NS, Croagh NS, Doon NS, Granagh NS, Kilteely NS, Knockadea NS, Knocknasna NS, Patrickswell NS, Ballynanty NS, Scoile Ide, Corbally; The Scout Hall, Shannon Banks and St Michael’s NS, Pery Square (see page 7).

Following a surge of more than 3,400 applications by people seeking to be included on the supplementary register of electors the electorate in the Limerick constituency is just over 66,000 while more than 73,000 people are entitled to vote in the Limerick city constituency.

Voting will take place in both constituencies between 7am and 10pm on Friday, May 25.

Following the closing of the polls, a major operation will kick-in to bring the ballot boxes to the count centre at Limerick Racecourse, Patrickswell.

A team of count staff will begin the count at 9am on Saturday, May 26 with a final result expected by early afternoon.

The votes cast in the two Limerick constituencies will be counted separately and the local results will ne announced once they have been sent to the national returning officer.

Those intending to vote are advised to bring valid ID with them to polling stations as presiding officers have been instructed to check the ID of one-in-every four voters.

Those on the register of electors have begun receiving their polling cards in recent days and every household in Limerick should have received a booklet from the Referendum Commission, which is chaired by Limerickwoman, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy.