Islanders cast first votes on Lisbon

Monday 09 June 2008 20.41
Lisbon referendum - Early voting ahead of national poll
Lisbon referendum - Early voting ahead of national poll

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The first votes in the Lisbon Treaty referendum have been cast today on five islands off the coast of Donegal.

At the close of voting on Tory Island 66 people had voted out of 134; on Inisfree five had voted out of seven; on Gola seven had voted out of 24 and on Inishboffin 14 had voted out of 64. 

At the close of polls on Arranmore Island, about 35% of the electorate had voted.

Overall the turnout on the Donegal islands was approximately 37%, with the biggest turnout on Tory Island where just under half of those registered to vote did so.

In total 745 people are entitled to vote on the islands, which are part of the Donegal South West constituency.

Traditionally these islands have voted ahead of the rest of Donegal because of the possibility that bad weather might cut the islands off and ballot boxes would not reach the count centre in time to be counted with the rest of the constituency's votes.

After islanders have cast their votes the ballot boxes will be securely stored on the mainland until Friday, when they will be counted with the rest of the Donegal votes.

The Defence Forces voted in the referendum by post last week. People overseas have until today to return their postal votes.