Total Longford turnout hovering around 50%, with Granard polling stations reporting a huge 74% turnout
Some polling stations in Granard are tonight reporting a voter turnout of 74%.
This huge figure, significantly bucking the national trend, is reflective of the presence of two very high profile Granard-based Independent candidates, Turlough Pott McGovern and Grace Kearney, among the eleven candidates in the race for the five seats in the Granard Municipal District.
A turnout of 63% is being reported in Colmcille, the base of Fine Gael's Garry Murtagh, who like the two aforementioned Independents, is a first-time candidate in the Granard MD.
Turnout in Longford town is reported to be below 50% and with stations elsewhere reporting a turnout, ranging from the low to mid 50s.
Tallying and counting of votes takes place on Saturday.
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