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First Ballots Cast by Islanders In General Election

7th February 2020
 Island residents off Galway, Mayo and Donegal cast their votes in the 2020 General Election. Above Presiding officer Nancy Sharkey with a ballot box on the ferry for Gola Island off Donegal. Island residents off Galway, Mayo and Donegal cast their votes in the 2020 General Election. Above Presiding officer Nancy Sharkey with a ballot box on the ferry for Gola Island off Donegal. Photo: RTE News - twitter

On islands off the coasts of Galway, Mayo and Donegal, people are casting their votes in the General Election today.

It had been expected that the European and local elections held in May of last year would be the final time that islanders would vote ahead of the rest of the country.

However, legislation to allow islanders vote on the same day as other voters, despite having gone through second stage in the Dáil, had not been passed by the time the General Election was called.

Traditionally islanders voted ahead of the rest of the country to ensure that bad weather did not hamper the return of ballot boxes to the mainland in time for the count.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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