Strong turnout recorded in Wicklow

By: William O’Toole

With the polls now closed it’s looking like there was a strong turnout across the county with just under 60% per cent of those registered casting their vote.

In Bray, 62% of those registered cast their vote at St.Peter’s N.S., high turnouts were also recorded in Wicklow Town, Rathdrum, Newtown, Enniskerry, and in particular Glendalough, where over 54% turned out.

There was also a high turnout in West Wicklow with one polling station hitting over 60% by 7 p.m this evening.

However, turnout was particularly low in Greystones, with the Shoreline Leisure Centre seeing just a 30% turnout an hour before polls closed. That was in contrast to the final 70% turnout that was recorded in 2009.

Earlier this morning, polling inspectors across the county had reported several cases where posters had to be removed because they were placed too close to polling stations.

Under Election regulations, posters could not be placed within 50 yards of pooling stations.

The turnout in Wicklow looks like it will be echoed across the country with analysts predicting a final turnout of just over 52%.

Kilkenny, Donegal, Cork and Waterford are all expected to be over 50% and other counties like Cork, Galway and Tipperary are pushing close to the 50 mark.

In the capital, the average turnout in Dublin City on about 36%, however, some parts of the county are down from 2009


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