Voting in the presidential election and two referendums took place on five islands off the coast of Donegal today.
Although voting traditionally takes place early to ensure ballot boxes make it to the count on time, the bad weather conditions meant that voting in some areas such as Inishbofin was particularly slow.
Inishbofin is an island of just 300 acres located a short distance off the Donegal coast. There are 67 people registered to vote on the island. However, at this time of the year there are only 2. Eileen Magnier speaks to Peadar O'Brien and Margaret O'Brien. Presiding Officer Carmel Nic Giolla recalls that during the election won by Mary Robinson only one resident turned up to vote.
By the end of the day seven people had voted on the island.
An RTÉ News report by Eileen Magnier broadcast on 24 October 2011.