Steady turnout of voters as polling stations close

Friday 26 February 2016 23.53
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Most polling stations recorded a steady turnout
Most polling stations recorded a steady turnout
Polling stations closed at 10pm this evening
Polling stations closed at 10pm this evening

There was a steady turnout of voters at polling stations across the country for the General Election.

In Louisburgh in west Mayo, where there was a local campaign calling for a 100% turnout, the final turnout was at 77%. Around 930 people were registered to vote at two ballot boxes in the village. 

The final turnout in Dublin County is estimated to be close to 65%. That would be down on the official turnout in 2011 of 69.5%. There were 70% turnouts in Tallaght and Templeogue in Dublin South West. While the lowest turnouts were in one Lucan polling station in Dublin Mid West at 54%. 

In Cork South Central, polling stations were averaging between 50-60%.

In the Carlow Kilkenny constituency, some areas had recorded turnouts as high as 64%.

Voter turnout in Meath West at 10pm when polling stations closed was at 55% on average.

Limerick city recorded some high turnouts - with 38% recorded in Foynes.

In Clonmel voting was averaging about 40% while in Thurles at 4.30pm the turnout was between 34 and 40%, depending on the area.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly's home village of Portroe in north Tipperary was reporting a turnout of 37%, while Newtown, which is close by, was on 41% at 5pm. Also in his heartland, Nenagh reported turnouts of between 38% and 32%.

In Waterford, presiding officers said the average turnout was around 68%. Garter Lane Arts Centre, the only inner city polling station, had a relatively quiet evening after the teatime rush, with around ten voters in the final two hours of voting and a turnout of 54% by 9.30pm. 

Meanwhile in the Mercy Primary School, one of the city's largest polling stations, turnout hit 70%.

Voter turnout in Donegal ranged from 55 and 60%, with voters in Letterkenny turning out in large numbers over the afternoon. 

In Galway East turnout was around 60% with lows of 56% in Loughrea to highs of 65% in Athenry.

In South Mayo, there was a turnout of 80% in Cong. 

Polling stations have now closed.

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