Voting has finished in the by-election in Tipperary South. The turnout this morning was described as quite low, but picked up in the last few hours.Early indications are that there's been a turnout of between 50 and 60 percent. The by-election was brought about by the death of the Labour Party deputy, Michael Ferris.
The 151 polling booths in 62 polling stations in the constituency of South Tipperary opened this morning at 8 o'clock. Voting was said to be very slow at first, with the showery weather maybe having an effect. Six candidates are contesting the seat.
Tipperary South is a 3-seat constituency, encompassing towns such as Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Cahir, Cashel and Tipperary Town. There are just over 68,000 people living here, and of those, 52,740 people are entitled to vote. There was a 68% turnout in South Tipperary in the last general election held in 1997.