Turnout figures likely to exceed 2013 levels

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Voter turn out around county Longford this lunchtime is reported to be steady, with almost 14 per cent turn out.
Voters are continuing to turn out in respectable numbers for Ireland’s two referendums.

Voters are continuing to turn out in respectable numbers for Ireland’s two referendums.

Just as they were this morning, count staff are reporting sizeable turnout percentages throughout the afternoon as the county prepares to have its say on Referendum 2015.

At just after 4pm this afternoon, polling stations in some of the more isolated pockets of Longford were reporting levels of around 26 per cent.

In Longford Urban, turnout levels were said to be a couple of percentage points higher.

One voting booth in at St Joseph’s National School was even as high as 27.5 per cent, indicating overall turnout could comfortably exceed the last joint referendum in 2013.

Both those focused on the abolition of the Seanad and the establishment of the Court of Appeal with overall turnout figures failing to surpass the 40 per cent mark.

This time around, voters are being asked whether to allow same-sex marriage, and whether to reduce the minimum age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21 years.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will remain open until 10pm.